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Regeneration to transform Middlesbrough’s historic Grade 2 listed Custom House into state-of-the-art community centre

26th May 2011

ERW’s specialist renovation team are coming to the end of a project to transform the historically sensitive Grade 2 listed Custom House in Middlesbrough into a state-of the-art community centre for young people.

The regeneration is part of the £270 million grant funded myplace initiative which aims to create world class community facilities for young people aged 8 to 19 across the country. With the official opening set for July, this new myplace venue will house a performance and dance hall, chill out space, crèche, climbing wall, media studio, interactive library, music facilities, gym and bowling alley.

Situated in St Hilda’s, Greater Middlehaven, most local people are familiar with the Custom House which stands in the shadow of the Transporter Bridge. Built in 1837, and one of Middlebrough’s oldest building, architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner declared this grand, imposing Greek revival style building to the ‘most dignified of the first Middlesbrough.’ Sadly, like many of our architectural treasures, Custom House has been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair and since the late 80s, has been left boarded up on a patch of neglected land.

ERW has enjoyed being part of the regeneration team that is breathing new life into the building as part of the £4.4 million project. On completion, we will have renovated, upgraded and draught proofed 36 of the existing timber vertical sliding sashes, as well as replacing 8 of the originals with our own in-house designed and manufactured, bespoke high performance sash windows. Working on such a historically sensitive building obviously brings its own challenges, so a key part of our contribution as the window specialists, has been to play a consultative role with the Conservation Officers from the lead organisation Middlesbrough Council and the main contractors Tolent Construction.

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