Ben Houchen has thrown open the doors to the new £1m Teesworks Gatehouse.
The revamped entrance includes a new modern gatehouse, car parking areas, bespoke street lighting and modern landscaping to create a welcoming arrival for visitors and international investors.
A purpose-built 3.7-metre-high LED screen has been installed onto the newly-decorated bridge as a feature to showcase the capabilities of the industrial zone.
The past couple of weeks have seen a number of major announcements, including Teesworks becoming home to the UK’s largest freeport, GE Renewable Energy creating a facility on the Teesworks site and that the Treasury North will be set up in Darlington.
Mayor Houchen said: “It’s fantastic to be able to officially open the doors to our brand new gatehouse, which sets the tone for our modern, forward-looking Teesworks site and is sure to wow investors.
“This is rounding off a fortnight of much-welcomed good news stories for our region, including our successful freeport bid, the multimillion-pound investment by GE Renewable Energy to set up a wind turbine blade manufacturing facility on our under-development port, and the civil service jobs coming to Darlington, all of which mean more good-quality well paid jobs coming to the region for local people.
“Of course, all the hard work we’ve been doing to secure these jobs for the region would be for nothing if people from across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool can’t access them.”
Mary Lanigan, leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council said: “This new gatehouse sends another message to business and the wider world that the doors are well and truly open at one of Europe’s biggest and most important industrial zones which is right by a major, deep water industrial port and in the middle of an area with fantastic transport links with a highly skilled workforce.”