Build & Sustainability
Esh Construction begins work on ‘influential’ Stockton waterfront scheme
December 18, 2023
A developer has put its first spade in the ground on an “iconic” town centre regeneration programme.
Esh Construction is working on an urban park in Stockton.
The venture will include play areas, gardens and an amphitheatre, and cover land once occupied by the Castlegate Shopping Centre and Swallow Hotel as part of a flagship redevelopment of Stockton’s high street.
Andy Radcliffe, chief executive of Esh Construction’s Bowburn-headquartered parent company Esh Group, said: “This is set to play an influential and iconic role in the future of Stockton, and is a proud moment for us.
“We will maximise the social and economic benefits by providing local employment and procurement opportunities, delivering school engagement initiatives and supporting the next generation with meaningful work placements.
“There is huge transformation happening across Tees Valley, and we’re delighted to be part of it.”
Councillor Nigel Cooke, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and housing, added: “I’m very pleased work on the urban park is underway.
“It is set to be a nationally-recognisable new public space for the borough’s residents and visitors, and will set the scene for our world-class events programme.
“Projects like this will be a catalyst for change, investment and external growth.”
The scheme has been funded by council capital, £20 million from the Tees Valley Combined Authority and £16.5 million from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.