Bigger than Heathrow: South Tees site factfile

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All the facts about the South Tees Development area at the centre of exciting plans…

• The total area of the South Tees Development Corporation site is around 1,800 hectares – or 4,500 acres – that’s 50% larger than Heathrow Airport.
• The total net development area is equivalent to almost 800 hectares (2,000 acres) – that’s three-and-a-half times the size of Durham Tees Valley Airport and 25 times the size of Redcar Racecourse.
• The SSI land encompasses more than 375 individual assets including buildings, plant and infrastructure related to iron and steelmaking.

Other major landowners include:
• Tata Steel including the Coastal Environmental Zone that features environmentally significant dunes, beach, grassland and marsh.
• British Steel including the world-class Teesside Beam Mill, rolling steel slab into sections for major structures including the Shard in London.
• Teesport, one of the largest port facilities in the UK, and the third largest by export volume.

• Redcar Bulk Terminal, at 17m the deepest mainland UK port on the east coast, jointly owned by Greybull Capital and SSI in liquidation.
• The potential exists to significantly expand current berth capacity along the River Tees, at South Bank where there is about 1km of disused river frontage.
• Approximately 2,000 people currently work within the STDC area, mostly at Teesport, British Steel and nearby industrial sites.

Site History
• The history of iron and steel making on Teesside goes back more than 150 years and for around 120 years in South Tees.
• The Teesside steel industry once employed more than 40,000 people.
• Following privatisation in 1988, Teesside steelmaking was in the ownership of British Steel plc.
• In 1998, British Steel merged with Dutch company Koninklijke Hoogovens to form Corus.
• In 2009, Tata Steel acquired Corus and the Teesside steelmaking operations.
• In 2011, SSI acquired Tata Steel’s raw steelmaking operations on Teesside – iron and coke-making facilities at Redcar, the South Bank Coke Ovens, and the steelmaking plant at Lackenby.
• In 2012, SSI commenced iron and steel production from the Redcar blast furnace, the second largest in Europe.
• In October 2015 the Office Receiver announced there was no realistic prospect of finding a buyer and that the coke ovens – essential to iron and steelmaking – would be extinguished.


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