Restoring Middlesbrough’s “jewel in the crown”

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Phil Christie Acklam Hall

Tees Business was recently given an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the restoration work on Acklam Hall, Middlesbrough’s only Grade I listed building.

Owners Acklam Hall Ltd are now 12 months into an exciting scheme to transform the 17th Century hall into a restaurant and wedding venue, business and conference hub.

See our exclusive pictures below.

Built by draper and former MP William Hustler between 1680–83, Acklam Hall is currently undergoing restoration but promises to be an exciting addition to the Teesside business and entertainment scene when it opens.

Middlesbrough Council’s planning committee recently approved plans for a mixed used development including a business and conference venue, restaurant, offices, function space for weddings as well as a deli and flower shop.

Our images show some of the work going on and the beauty of the building, including a magnificent main staircase.

Our tour guide, project manager Phil Christie, himself a proud Teessider, said: “We’re restoring Middlesbrough’s jewel in the crown to its former glory. We’re truly excited about welcoming people through our doors to visit our café, restaurant and private dining rooms, along with our function rooms and serviced office accommodation.”

The former nursery and bedrooms of the hall, which feature original fireplaces and light decorations, will become a business centre with office facilities.

Spanning the width of the house, with views along its drive and along the Avenue of Trees towards Acklam Road, the hall’s front room is being converted into a venue for weddings and executive functions of up to 120.

The hall’s ceilings, which have been carefully repaired and replicated, boast original intricate clay features of rosebuds, birds and dragons.

The last part of the hall to be built, in 1912, will be the main formal dining area.

Work is ongoing to replace parts of the roof and the old windows.

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