The rebirth of Middlesbrough’s historic quarter has reached a further milestone as it gets ready to welcome more businesses.
Albert Road, which has been transformed into Albert North, has been through a period of significant regeneration over the past 12 months, with many of the town’s iconic buildings renovated to create a bustling commercial district.
Award-winning artisan pie maker, Pie Jackers, is opening its first bakery and diner at 17 Albert Road in the former court chambers.
The brainchild of husband and wife, Neil and Julie Fletcher, the company burst on to the local food scene in 2016 after they quit their jobs and began selling their handmade gourmet pies at farmers’ markets and food events.
The couple’s plans for the historic stonefronted building include a bakery counter and licensed casual dining as well as a takeaway service.
“It’s the most beautiful building, it’s got bags of character, and we’re already well into the refit, which includes a fun twist on its historical links to the courts,” said Julie.
“We love the restoration work Jomast have carried out and the moment we saw the building we knew it was the perfect location for us to be able to build on our business success and achieve our dream of opening our own Pie Jackers bakery and diner.
“Throughout the whole process, Jomast has been on hand to offer their expertise and guidance, and we can’t wait to welcome people when we open in the summer.”
Another company relocating to accommodate its rapid growth is digital firm Carbon, which has taken 5,000 sq ft on the 5th floor of Albert North’s SIXTEEN26 building.
The building, which is firmly establishing itself as a digital and tech hub, has already welcomed other rapidly expanding firms such as Mabo Media and Salesfire.
Data management firm Carbon already has a base in the town but having rapidly expanded, the team has outgrown its current premises.
Carbon is an AI-driven intent data management platform and is the result of years of digital marketing experience combined with data science and development expertise. Launched last February, Carbon technology has already been embedded by several publishers in the US and Europe, as well as several large UK-based agencies, with many more in the pipeline.
Pete Danks, Carbon divisional CEO, said: “We can’t wait to move into our new office. The restoration work Jomast have done is impressive, while the support and guidance they’ve provided shows their commitment to the growing community culture and vibe of the area.
“The whole Albert North initiative is great for the area and the vast number of budding businesses of all sizes, particularly in digital technology.
“For Carbon, in particular, it’s fantastic to be in and around some like-minded tech companies such as Mabo Media and Salesfire, and being around some great local eateries like Pie Jackers will keep the workforce very happy too.”
Pie Jacker’s and Carbon join Mabo Media, Salesfire, Alkaline Kitchen and Hays Recruitment who have already chosen this central location.
Mark Hill, commercial property director at Jomast, said: “We’ve already surpassed our first year’s target for letting space in Albert North within nine months of its inception and now welcome both Pie Jackers and Carbon to the community.
“It’s clear that businesses want to be located in the heart of Middlesbrough and the fact that we can accommodate their future growth needs means we have a lot to offer.”
Tenants based here receive many perks including high-speed broadband, rent and rate incentives, free public health initiatives for staff, and a city centre loyalty card offering discounts and incentives in local shops.
Public realm work to replace the street lighting along Albert Road is now complete, and work has already started on the installation of 22 new trees, which when planted will further enhance the regeneration of the area.
Business interested in locating to Albert North can contact Mark Hill, commercial property director at Jomast, on 01642 666936 for further information or arrange a viewing or visit albertnorth.co.uk for more details.