More than £500m is currently being invested in these projects and this page will explain in detail the various initiatives going on and the benefits they will bring to the town and its people.
In recent years we have seen significant changes including Middlesbrough College's new campus at Middlehaven, new state-of-the-art secondary schools, development of world leading medical facilities at James Cook University Hospital and major investments in the transport network.
And what is going on now takes the town to a whole new level again. The £500m being invested will create over 4,000 new jobs, will support new and growing businesses, create new learning and leisure opportunities for everyone and lead to over 3,400 new homes.
Many of the projects that are being highlighted on this page will be familiar to the public but for those that are not, don't take our word for it. The next time you are in the town centre have a wander down Baker Street or through the University campus on Southfield Road, or pull off the A66 and have a drive around Middlehaven to see for yourself some of the stunning buildings going up.
Mike Robinson - Chief Executive, Middlesbrough Council March 2015
Details of Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park, AV Dawson, Charles Clinkard HQ and TWI
In 2014, Middlesbrough Council became one of the first areas in the country to have its Local Plan adopted and approved by the Government.
Consultations were held over a long period of time across the town in order to formulate the plan, which sets out proposals for 7,000 new homes to be built over the next 15 years and - most importantly for the public - where those houses will be built.
Middlesbrough's housing boom is happening across the town, offering choice for all, from a £21k share in an affordable home, to £650k executive houses. The map below pin-points the developments taking place across the town and where to go for further details.
For specific information about individual developments, the developers can be contacted on:
Middlesbrough Sports Village, an £18m development offering a broad mix of sporting and leisure opportunities in an outstanding setting off Marton Road. The development opened to the public in May 2015. Find out more.
Watch the video showing the original plans for the Sports Village, then take a trip down yourself and see how similar they look...
The Holiday Inn Express® Centre Square, a 138 room hotel, representing £12m of investment, opened in August 2015, bringing more visitors to the town and more money into the local economy, and providing new jobs.
Middlesbrough Town Hall - Middlesbrough Council has successfully applied for £3.7m funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (to be matched by £4m from the Council itself) to improve the Town Hall, which will give concert-goers a better experience and also allow the historic courts, police and fire stations to be brought back into use and enjoyed by the public. To allow for these renovation works, the Town Hall will be closed from April 2016, with some shows moved to Middlesbrough Theatre. Find out more.
Baker/Bedford Street area, a £250,000 scheme has already transformed Baker Street from a semi-redundant residential street into a haven for independent traders with micro-pubs, eateries and shops. Work on the adjacent Bedford Street has already begun and is due to be completed by mid 2016. Orange Pip Market, a high quality food market on Baker Street, will launch in May 2016.
Acklam Hall, a £19.3m restoration project to create a business and conferencing centre with an on-site restaurant, will allow the public to enjoy access to the magnificent Grade I listed building. The project will be completed by early 2016; for progress so far, visit the Acklam Hall development website. The renovations at Acklam Hall will be supplemented by 56 premium housing units and the development of a health village.
Mackenzie Thorpe: The Station Posters, a brand new, two year exhibition of images from the Middlesbrough-born artist went on display at the town's railway station in March 2015. The posters vividly reflect the past and present of the town, and Mackenzie's huge passion for where he grew up.
Restaurants and pubs, are enjoying over £100,000 of investment, with the £500,000 Oven opening soon on Linthorpe Road, investment of £600,000 in The Dickens on Southfield Road, coffee and dessert bar De Melo having revamped a vacant unit beneath Linthorpe Hall 248, and the Six Medals as part of a multi-million pound investment in Middlehaven.
Teesside University Campus Heart - a £30m development in the centre of the university campus - including the new £20m teaching and learning building The Curve - was completed in October 2015. The Curve represents £20m of investment, and the associated developments on the pedestrianised area of Southfield Road include extensive landscaping, public art, lighting and projections, and a green 'living' wall featuring a giant digital screen. For the most up to date information about all the developments at Teesside University, check out their website.
Middlesbrough College's £20m STEM facility (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) - including a £3m expansion of MC6, the College's Sixth Form Centre - has officially opened and is providing fantastic educational opportunities.
Alongside £150 million already invested, including the new Keiro neurological rehabilitation centre and Middlesbrough College, other developments include:
Boho Five - the £4.2m development part-funded by the HCA and ERDF has been completed and the first tenants have moved in, including Swapbuy, Boho Print and established company Tad Web Solutions. Boho Five offers premises to entrepreneurs looking to start up a business in Middlesbrough's growing digital and creative sector.
A £1.6m community park in front of the Transporter Bridge, part-funded by Able UK, will be completed in late 2015 and aims to encourage more investment in the area.
Transporter Bridge - a £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund project to transform the bridge into a top visitor attraction includes the installation of a glass viewing lift, improvements to the walkway, restoration of the gondola, provision of a viewing area to the motor room and an upgrade to the visitor centre.
Middlehaven Land Preparation - £2.4m is being spent to remediate the land ready for further redevelopment in the future.
Dock Bridge - a £4.5m scheme that will improve access to Middlehaven, creating a clear route from North Ormesby to the town centre, and unlock land for development.
Charles Clinkard HQ - One of the biggest names in footwear retail, Charles Clinkard, began life as a single shop in Middlesbrough town centre in 1924. It now boasts more than 30 stores across the UK and a thriving online business and construction on its new £3m headquarters at Cannon Park has begun.
Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park - This is a purpose-built £50m science and technology park, based at Riverside Park in Middlehaven, that will provide high quality workspace and create a dynamic community for engineering companies in advanced manufacturing, technology, energy and production of components for the oil, gas and offshore wind industry.
AV Dawson on Riverside Park Road, have invested £10m to build a state of-the-art rail terminal which provides a direct link onto the East Coast Mainline, they have also expanded their deepwater quay, resulting in a significant increase in freight handling.
TWI - The first development on the technology park is a £7m build called the Offshore Wind Validation Centre. It will provide research, training and validation services to the offshore wind industry with scope to do likewise for the oil and gas sector. It will create 50 jobs and is due for completion at the end of this year.
Work is continuing apace at Middlesbrough College's STEM Centre, Holiday Inn Express Centre Square, and The Curve at Teesside University. Areas of Middlehaven Urban Park are beginning to become recognisable, as is Boho 5. The Transporter Bridge lift can be seen in its testing phase, with the newly renovated gondola already open to pedestrian, cyclist and vehicular access.
Holiday Inn Express
The Curve - Teesside University
Middlehaven Urban Park
Transporter Bridge lift
Project updates - June 2015
Middlesbrough College's STEM Centre and Teesside University's The Curve are progressing rapidly, with recognisable colours being revealed. Boho Five is complete and ready to take on new businesses.
The Curve - Teesside University
Project updates in detail - January 2016
Middlesbrough College’s £20m STEM Training Centre is a leading provider of technical training, skills, behaviours and competency solutions for a range of industries and specialises in process, oil and gas, supply chain solutions, advanced manufacturing, engineering, design and manufacture, applied science and business improvement.
The STEM Training Centre operates as a simulated industrial site and operational procedures are in force to raise awareness and develop the very important health and safety behaviour required in industry.
The college's specialist team of industry trained experts have extensive knowledge and experience in delivering learning, training and competency gained from their individual backgrounds working for leading industry operators and service companies.
Teesside University's Campus Heart – including the new £20m teaching and learning building The Curve – forms an iconic central focus to the campus and a vibrant, flexible and attractive environment for students, staff and the community. Completed in summer 2015, The Curve provides 1,476m2 of flexible and innovative learning space – right at the heart of our Middlesbrough campus. A ‘living wall’ has been created around a giant plasma screen on the side of the Student Centre – providing an attractive focus for outdoor events.
Work is almost complete at Acklam Hall, with the historically and architecturally significant building being transformed, as part of a multi-million pound restoration project, into a first class leisure and business venue.
The Bvsiness Rooms, which will offer high quality physical and virtual office space, reference a room within the original Acklam Hall, named by William Hustler. In the Classical Latin alphabet, the V-shaped letter stands for both the vowel 'U' and the consonant 'V'.
The dining experience will recreate Middlesbrough's first Grand House, and The Brierley (named after Walter Brierley of York, the architect responsible for adding the extension to the house in 1912) will serve delicious homemade dishes from local produce, just as the family’s cooks would have done centuries ago. Visitors can also take advantage of the Salon for a coffee and cake, lunch with friends, or an informal business meeting.
The first new houses for a generation are being built in Middlehaven as Endeavour Housing Association start work on nine two-bed homes alongside the new urban park at the heart of the area. The scheme will cost over £900,000 with investment of £135,000 being provided by the Homes and Communities Agency.
The nine homes will be to the east of the new park, which has been built along Cleveland Street to connect the newly renovated Tees Transporter Bridge with the rest of the town centre and form part of the Urban Pioneers project.
The attractive development opportunity is targeted at individual self-builders, groups, smaller developers and Registered Providers. Small plots of land are available which are serviced and ready for development.
Discussions are also underway with local people and businesses about developing some of the other plots, with a number still available, providing opportunities for people to build their homes or develop their business ideas.
Holiday Inn Express Centre Square opened in August 2015 after £12m of investment, and is currently rated the number one hotel in Middlesbrough on TripAdvisor.
Work is close to completion on Bedford Street, neighbour to trendy Baker Street, with the terraced properties being refitted to create the perfect home for new businesses.
The street is being enhanced with a series of public realm works, which commenced in February 2016.
Mohujos Burrito Bar, The Nuthatch cocktail bar, Songbird Bakery, Barbarossa Wood Fired Pizza Kitchen and Bar, The Curing House - Charcuterie Bar and Restaurant, Bedford Street Coffee House, The Chairman craft ale micro-pub and Roast, an upmarket carvery are all set to make their new home on Bedford Street a destination to look forward to. Keep up to date with progress on the Facebook page.
Holiday Inn Express
Artist's impression of the Nuthatch
Orange Pip Market on Baker Street
The great American food writer, M.F.K. Fisher once said; ‘First we eat, then we do everything else.’
May 28, 2016 is a date for food and culture-lovers’ diaries alike as we get ready to welcome a shiny new artisan food market into the heart of Middlesbrough. Orange Pip Market will launch at midday on Baker Street and party on until 7pm. Inspired by the likes of Maltby Street Market in London and Brooklyn Flea in NYC, Orange Pip is the place to be this summer.
Blending creativity with commerce, Orange Pip will see the traditional marketplace transformed into an engaging 21st century culinary bazaar, featuring music, arts and performance whilst you shop, hang out and eat the most delicious food in the region. Orange Pip Market will hit Baker Street on the last Saturday of every month and the second one will take place on June 25 - come hungry!
May is shaping up to be mighty fine! We're kicking off with Restaurant Week (1-7 May) - all the food! Then for the entire month it's Local History Month and there are loads of fab events celebrating the glorious history of Middlesbrough - we can't wait for it all!
Middlesbrough Restaurant Week 2017 event
Dementia friendly screening of Easter Parade is today at Cineworld Middlesbrough. Doors open at 10.30am and the film starts at 11am.
Timeline Photos photo