125-bed hotel planned in Middlesbrough

A group of derelict buildings in Middlesbrough could get a new lease of life as a hotel, retail and office development.

Plans have been submitted to the local council to turn the neighbouring Cook and Endeavour House office blocks on Albert Road in the town centre into a 125-bedroom hotel, along with retail outlets on the ground floor and offices on the top floor, reports the Northern Echo.

The upper floor offices, which make up most of the 1970s buildings, have been vacant for more than 18 years, while the ground floor retail units have been empty for the past 12 months.

The application, from a Leeds-based developer, outlines plans to establish a business class hotel and argues this would not only solve the problem of what to do with the empty buildings but would also help improve and regenerate the historic area right in the heart of the town.

A report from the applicant said: "This proposal provides an opportunity to bring a long-term redundant building back into use, playing an integral part in the town’s regeneration requirements and increase town centre hotel room offer."

The hotel would be close to a number of listed buildings, including Middlesbrough Town Hall, public library and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, and the developer claims the character of the local area will be respected.

In the report the applicant says it is hoped the hotel will attract retailers to come forward and occupy the shop units, which would be refurbished by the developers.

The buildings form part of the Cleveland Centre which opened in 1972.

Middlesbrough council's planning committee is set to discuss the application by February 14th.

Meanwhile, if the plans go ahead it could provide a boost to hotel recruitment levels in the region, as the owner looks to staff the new hotel, not to mention the creation of a number of construction and retail jobs in the area.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency to help source hospitality recruitment jobs