20th February 2015

Work is gathering pace at the £12.4m regeneration of Cook and Endeavour House in Middlesbrough, which will turn the building into a Holiday Inn Express.

With views over mima art gallery and the historic central library, the development will include two ground floor retail units overlooking Centre Square.

About 100 construction jobs have been created during the build, with 27 full-time jobs to be created once the hotel opens and is operated by management company RBH.

Mark Ashall, director of the developer Ashall Projects, and site managers welcomed Middlesbrough Deputy Mayor Dave Budd and executive member for regeneration councillor Charlie Rooney before giving them a tour of the 138-room hotel development, which is scheduled to be open for business later this year.

Ashall said the project was "progressing well".

"The positive support the project has received from Middlesbrough Council has been and continues to be a key factor in its success and we felt that it was important to provide the councillors with an update and give them an opportunity to see the quality of hotel accommodation that will be available once the hotel opens," he added.

Deputy Mayor Budd said: "I am delighted that the council has been able to create such an innovative partnership with Ashall Projects, which has secured the sort of multimillion-pound investment that will benefit the town and the wider area for many years to come.

"As this important development takes shape, it is further enhancing the role of Centre Square as a focal point within the town centre, and will provide a real boost to the local economy.

"Developments like this demonstrate real confidence in the potential of the town centre, and will help to create jobs and increase Middlesbrough's appeal as a leisure and business-friendly destination."

RBH, the UK's leading hotel management company, will be responsible for the day to day running of the hotel when it opens later in the year. It currently manages 70 branded and independent properties across the UK and Africa.

Ross Morrow, chief development officer at RBH, said: "It's great to see this fantastic development project entering the final stages of completion and to see officials get a sneak peek at the finished product.

"We're looking forward to creating a strong team of people who will join the RBH portfolio and help us operate this busy 138 room property, delivering great service in the heart of Middlesbrough."