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We want to provide a vibrant, modern town centre for the future by creating quality of place through inclusive and accessible new spaces for all and one which capitalises on the closeness to the River Tees.
We are transforming Stockton town centre to provide a sustainable retail offer that safeguards the traditional function of the High Street, attracts new businesses and drives new use and footfall.
We are creating a more compact, sustainable retail core to ensure the long-term viability of retail by concentrating Stockton’s main retail offering in Wellington Square and the north section of the High Street.
Reconnecting the High Street to the river will create a unique attraction in the heart of the town centre and these changes will form an exciting future for Stockton.
New imagery shows the scale of the major waterfront development with the demolition of the Castlegate Centre and the Swallow Hotel to take out surplus retail space and open up the High Street to the river.
Stockton Waterfront is an area three times the size of Trafalgar Square and will be an open, flexible space for community large-scale events for people of all ages to enjoy.
One of the highlights will be the narrowing and tunnelling of Riverside Road, with people being able to walk from the High Street to the riverside uninterrupted.
Also included in these plans are a riverside park, with open, spaces for families, market spaces and opportunities for cafes and kiosks.
The development of the southern end of the High Street, including the new Council facilities also includes opportunities to attract inward investment from the public and private sector.
This programme is being funded by the Tees Combined Authority funding and the provisional allocation from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund of just over £16.5million.
It’s proposed a further £5million is allocated to support the delivery of the Stockton Waterfront development to make up for the short fall from the Future High Streets Fund.
Castlegate Centre tenants are being supported in their relocation with a view to starting the demolition of Castlegate and the Swallow Hotel in 2022.
The construction of the riverside park and office buildings would follow with a target completion date of 2025.