DEVELOPMENT at Middlesbrough’s Middlehaven site is a success story, says Pat Ritchie, chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency.
She was speaking after getting a sneak preview of the CIAC – Community in a Cube – building which is nearing completion on the site.
It will be part of the £200m RiversideOne development by BioRegional Quintain.
RiversideOne will be the UK’s largest zero carbon development, with 750 homes.
Ms Ritchie became the HCA’s chief executive in October last year, having previously played a key role in Middlehaven’s development as the agency’s director for the North-east.
She said: “It is fantastic to come back and see so much progress at Middlehaven. We have invested over £30m in reclaiming a heavily contaminated site and attracting major developments.
She said the views from the eco-friendly CIAC building were spectacular.
Ms Ritchie said the Middlehaven site had been heavily contaminated, blighted land. “Now you have jobs in the Manhattan Gate office building, students going to Middlesbrough College and, soon, people living in the CIAC building,” she said.
“This is an important site for Middlesbrough. Confidence is returning to this area and Middlesbrough needs to shout about it.
“Middlehaven has become a real success story, with the new Boho creative quarter taking shape just around the corner,” she said.
Pete Halsall, BioRegional Quintain’s managing director, said: “We really believe this striking building represents a groundbreaking design and development ethos that sets a new residential development standard.”