Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Work starts to bring historic Stockton town centre building into the digital era

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Work starts next week to transform a 200-year-old building and turn it into a home for new digital businesses in Stockton.

The Grade II listed building at 62 Dovecot Street in the town centre will become a £1 million centre for new digital businesses, creating 33 high tech jobs.

The 22 week programme of work on the 200-year-old building is being funded by a £500,000 grant from the European Regional Development Fund and a £500,000 investment from owners, Stockton Council, and should be completed early next year, encouraging digital and new media businesses to be based in the town.

Much of the work on the former Quaker Friend’s Meeting House, which was previously empty, will be internal but will also include work to the windows and doors of the building.

Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: "This is an exciting time for Stockton Town Centre. The work on 62 Dovecot Street comes as the Council embarks on a multi-million pound programme to regenerate the town centre, building on the town’s cultural reputation and creating a vibrant atmosphere for visitors to enjoy.

"Digital and new media businesses will find 62 Dovecot Street the perfect place to create thriving businesses for the future."

The digital centre will provide a flexible base for companies with options for short term lets available through a membership system which will also give firms access to general networking areas, support services and business advice.