A building in Middlesbrough’s town centre is attracting new business to Teesside after a much-needed £500,000 investment.
The polished exterior of the newly-revamped Sun Alliance House building on Albert Road has had more than half a million pounds invested in it over the last 12 months as the first part of property developers Jomast’s programme of regeneration on the street.
The property, built in 1960s, has been given a dramatic facelift, with new double-glazed windows throughout, glossy external cladding and a full re-roof, giving it a smart finish and a more environmentally sustainable footprint.
Sun Alliance House is the first of a number of buildings that Jomast plans to invest in over the coming months on Albert Road.
At 50,000 square feet, it’s the biggest building on the street and a glimpse of the company’s ambitions for the area.
Current Sun Alliance House tenants, including Working Links, Hays Recruitment and the Royal Bank of Scotland, have all committed to the project by extending their lease agreements and Working Links, who offer employment, skill and rehabilitation services, have taken additional space within the building.
The revamp has also led to the apprenticeship provider Aspire Achieve Advance being attracted to the building and taking a 3,500 square feet suite.
Co-owner of AAA Di McEvoy-Robinson said: “As an Ofsted ‘Grade 1’ Outstanding Apprenticeship Provider, it is vital to us that all of our academies are in a positive and productive environment and boast state of the art facilities.
“Our aim is to offer life changing opportunities to young people in the area and to give them the best possible surroundings to excel within their Apprenticeships.
“The Sun Alliance House building allows us to offer the young people a vibrant technology hub in which they can advance their skills.
“It is clear from visiting the location, that it is an excellent environment for both our young people and our own staff to prosper within.
“We certainly think Sun Alliance House looks the part and now we have bespoke office space, which was fitted out within 4 weeks by Jomast, I can’t think of a better place for us to be based.”
Jomast commercial property director Mark Hill added: “This is the first of many exciting projects we will be been working on along Albert Road.
“Our aim is to transform this area back into a central business district within Middlesbrough.”