Ashall Projects have unveiled fabulous new proposals for Centre Square (Image below). The commitment shown to Middlesbrough by Mark Ashall and his team in recent years has been superb but this takes that expression of confidence to another level. Not only is this a hugely positive and attractive proposition, but it is also extremely timely given the Government’s deliberations about where to locate the Northern Campus and with it up to 1,000 Whitehall jobs.
This plan provides all the Grade A, top-quality accommodation for the number of civil servants that Chancellor Rishi Sunak is looking for, with capacity to spare. And what is critically important is that these plans are ready to go. There can be nowhere in the north of England more ready than Middlesbrough. The spin off for our shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, for our hotels, indeed the whole economy, would be massive and would be an extremely welcome boost.
The Boro Bid is an extremely strong one. Not only would this provide superb employment opportunities for the people of the Tees Valley, but also anyone relocating to come and be part of our community would be so warmly welcomed and they would readily see just what a beautiful part of the world we live in.
Such an investment would be transformational for Middlesbrough and I would urge the Chancellor, a close neighbour, whose own constituents commute into Middlesbrough in great numbers, and know just how important it is to support its economy, to take this opportunity and demonstrate that the Government really mean it when they say they want to “level up” and “build back better”.
Come on Rishi! Back the Boro Bid!