The future vision for Middlesbrough’s growing independent retail heart has been unveiled in a series of artist’s impressions.
The town’s burgeoning Baker Street programme is set to head into stage two by expanding onto Bedford Street, the next road along.
Middlesbrough Council is working to bring the premises back into use as independent retail and leisure businesses with redevelopment already underway and set to be complete later in the year.
Over the past 24 months the authority has assisted a series of niche new businesses – including eateries, micro pubs, vintage clothes shops and salons – to locate to Baker Street using an allocation of High Street Innovation funding.
The project has been highlighted in the Middlesbrough is Changing campaign recently launched by the Council, which details the £500m investment currently being made in the town.
Cllr Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Baker Street has proved hugely popular with the public and its independent businesses have created a real buzz in the town centre.
“The economic benefits of rejuvenating Bedford Street along the same lines are clear – this development will create new jobs, increase spending and breed ever more confidence into Middlesbrough.
“The investment will also encourage the regeneration of surrounding areas. Already we have seen new businesses spring up near to Baker and Bedford Street and this will only help the town set itself apart from other North East locations and place itself on the map as a key destination for a unique retail and leisure offer conducive to innovative entrepreneurship.”
Phase two of the wider Baker and Bedford Street Area Vision also includes proposals to redevelop Church House to residential accommodation, the revamping of Bedford House and to work with local artists to revitalise the alleyway between the two streets.
At a meeting on Tuesday, March 17, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive will be asked to approve the ambition to regenerate the area, the implementation of phase two and further development of the plan and future bids to the capital programme.
The authority has previously approved £250,000 capital funding for the improvements to Bedford Street to be made.