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'Brought back to life': What's going on at Church House?

Development and regeneration

Wednesday, 16 August 2023
Church House, from the Grange Road side

Attracting more people to live in our town centre is crucial to Middlesbrough’s future success.

Part of that puzzle is converting existing buildings into desirable apartments and work is now under way on a key renovation.

Church House, on the corner of Bedford Street and Linthorpe Road, is close to many of the town’s buzzing independent businesses.

The Council is supporting building owner Jomast with around £1.4m to create 85 apartments and reclad the entire building.

Church House, which was formerly an office block and in 2021 became home to the Beating Heart light installation, will be transformed into a mix of one and two-bedroom homes. Jomast is contributing significant investment to the redevelopment.

The ground floor will host new shop units and there will also be car parking and cycle spaces.

The Council’s contribution to the project comes from Middlesbrough’s share of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

Other schemes supported by Middlesbrough’s £14.1m allocation include the repurposing of Captain Cook Square into a leisure destination featuring family entertainment venues and new food and drink venues.

Getting the balance of our town centre right so it has an attractive mix of exciting things to do and modern places to live was central to our bid for the funding.

Work on Church House will continue into 2024.