A LANDMARK building in the centre of Middlesbrough has been given a new lease of life.

And in only a matter of weeks local developers Python Properties will have completed the restoration work on the Co-operative building on Linthorpe Road.

And in only a matter of weeks local developers Python Properties will have completed the restoration work on the Co-operative building on Linthorpe Road.

The building heralds another phase in the development of the Linthorpe Road area and offers a large ground floor retail shop or showroom approximately 5,000sq ft.

The upper floors totalling some 30,000sq ft will also be refurbished to provide high quality loft style office accommodation available on a suite by suite or floor by floor basis.

Additional benefits include a dedicated underground car park and high quality ground floor manned reception - all in keeping with Python Properties high standards.

The project is the latest on the rapidly improving Linthorpe Road Central area of Middlesbrough where other occupiers include Psyche, Triads, The Blue Lounge and a number of independent fashion retailers.

Martin Johnson, owner of Python Properties said: “We are delighted to have restored this building, we are fully aware of its historical importance and Python Properties are committed to providing high quality commercial accommodation within existing communities.

“Regenerating this building will contribute to the future economic success of the area.

“It also makes good sense from an environmental perspective as we have an existing building to work with rather than using new materials - sometimes it is all too easy to knock a building down and build new, but with this approach we lose part of the town’s heritage.”

The imposing building will hold fond memories for many Middlesbrough residents.

It was the headquarters of the town’s Co-operative Society for many years.

The building first opened at the turn of the century at a cost of £16,000 and sold food and furnishings.

In 1942 the building was badly damaged in an air raid and the property was later completely redeveloped by the Co-op.

Mr Johnson added: “The refurbishment of The Co-operative Building heralds another phase in the economic regeneration of the area and offers an extremely attractive working environment, providing both occupants and local people with a building to be proud of.”

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