economic regeneration and transport
economic regeneration and transport Artist’s impression of Market Square
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There is a lot going on in Billingham. As part of the £25 million investment in Billingham’s regeneration, Stockton Council and town centre owners, Stockland are continuing to work together to bring about first class facilities including a new Customer Services Centre.
The new public toilets opened in October and in the coming months the West Precinct will see Wetherspoons open a new pub.
Early next year regeneration will continue with the start of the main paving and public realm scheme including demolition of the old Town Square toilet blocks and The £2.7 million one-stop-shop style Elsewhere works have begun and include the installation of new high quality paving, seating, feature lighting and a canopy for centre is planned for the site of the new windows to the upper floors of former Billingham Art Gallery and Council Queensway and the town square, stairway the bandstand – amounting to a further offices. This will bring together, all under repairs and lighting improvements as well £2.3m of investment. one roof, a Library, Customer Service as a new CCTV system. On a health note other major regeneration facilities for Stockton Council and Tristar projects include a proposal from NHS The closed walkways to Kingsway Car Homes (part of the Vela Group) as well as Stockton to significantly redevelop the Park will either be repaired or removed office space for Billingham Town Council. and improvements will be made to its two Billingham Health Centre, on Queensway, Subject to consultation, the new facilities to create an Integrated Health Centre remaining walkways. Similarly, repairs should be ready within two years. providing improved access to health will be made to brickwork and handrails facilities. throughout the Town Centre.
Meanwhile, next to Billingham Community Centre, the Vela Group is hoping to provide an extra care scheme offering 56 supported living apartments for older people.
And last, but certainly not least, after years of legal wrangling the demolition of the old ICI headquaters, Billingham House, is finally under way.
Thanks to Sport England, John Whitehead Park will receive a boost of £130,000 and a further £41,000 from SITA who run the waste and household recycling plant at Haverton Hill. The money will go towards a £260,000 scheme to create a new skate and BMX area, four improved tennis courts and a multi-use games area. This work will start early next year.
A machine called a ‘super long-reach excavator’ is being used to demolish the huge eyesore. Mounted on caterpillar tracks, its extra-long extending arm reaches up to the 120-foot-high roof to take ‘bites’ out of the concrete structure.
All of this comes 18 months after Billingham Forum re-opened following its £18.5 million redevelopment.
Working gradually over the coming months, contractors expect dismantling to continue until the end of the year. To find out more about improvements for Billingham visit www.stockton.gov.uk/billingham
The leisure centre and the theatre have welcomed more than a million visitors in that time. PAGE 13
The Winter 2012 edition of Stockton News