THE Tees Valley region is currently benefiting from a great deal of regeneration, with inward investment and commitment to future development remaining at a consistently high level.
The benefits of this growing economic climate are being felt in all business areas, not least in the engineering sector, which is experiencing an increase in contract wins, as well as an unrivalled level of collaborative working partnerships between organisations within the local area.
Thanks to improved communications we now regularly hear from TVEP members and other local organisations about how their businesses are growing and what new advancements are being made.
Recent high-profile project announcements from Tees Valley Regeneration have included the North Shore development, which includes a new footbridge leading to Teesdale and Durham University’s Queen’s Campus, development of the Victoria Harbour, Hartlepool, to include residential, commercial and educational facilities, the enhancement of Central Park in Darlington, with the addition of new leisure, college and community facilities and the creation of a new business park at Durham Tees Valley Airport.
The impact of these projects on the Tees Valley region is already evident not just in job creation, but also in the way that the companies behind the projects are utilising the expertise of other local firms to get the job done.
For example Tees Valley Regeneration (TVR), working on behalf of Stockton Council, English Partnership, ERDF and One NorthEast, were involved in placing the order for building the 520 tonne steel footbridge linking the North Shore development with the current University of Durham Queen’s Campus in Teesdale.
The original order was won by Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering (contractor), who have in turn been able to place the steel fabrication order for the building of the bridge with Cleveland Bridge, a TVEP member from Darlington.
This kind of engineering partnership shows a great deal of respect between companies in this area for the capabilities of their neighbours, as well as demonstrating how the Tees Valley as a whole offers national and international companies almost a one-stop-shop for all their engineering needs.
Together, TVEP members and local engineering companies in general are changing the image of the region, from enhancing its abilities and scope, to adding to its landscape and improving future prospects for its residents.
There is absolutely no reason why this cannot continue into 2008 and beyond, particularly if we utilise the open avenues of communication that are facilitated by the TVEP, such as regular events and public forums.