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Plans revealed to create Teesworks hotel and restaurant complex

Plans have been unveiled to transform ex-steelworks land into a service complex.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen wants to build a 160-bed hotel, shops and a petrol station at Teesworks, near Redcar.

And officials say they’ve already received “strong expressions of interest” from operators on the proposed development, which would sit off Lackenby’s Trunk Road and also feature a 4500sq ft convenience store, pub, drive-thrus and restaurant units.

The scheme would form part of a wider overhaul of the sprawling former SSI UK base, which will soon be home to a SeAH Wind turbine parts making factory and the BP-led Net Zero Teesside Power project that promises a gas-fired power station with carbon capture and storage capabilities.

The site – idle since SSI UK’s 2015 collapse – will also feature a one kilometre South Bank Quay and a £150 million Circular Fuels factory, which the firm says will convert non-recyclable household and industrial waste into clean power, and was last month shortlisted as a location for a £200 million Rolls-Royce clean energy factory.

Speaking about the services plans, Mayor Houchen said: “Teesworks is the single biggest development in the UK.

“We’re already putting in roads and vital infrastructure to meet the demand of all the work we’ve got going on – and the service complex is yet another step on this path.



“This will serve thousands of workers coming to Teesworks, while also offering a welcome boost for nearby Grangetown and Teesville through stores and restaurants.”

Matt Johnson, Teesworks development director, added: “This complex is a key part of the wider masterplan and will offer vital facilities for an array of tenants we’ve got on site.

“Getting this planning secured at an early stage will allow us to create a successful and sustainable development.”

The plans are due to be submitted to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council in the coming weeks.

The Teesworks scheme is replacing former steel and iron making buildings, with the Redcar blast furnace demolished in November and other notable structures, such as coke ovens and a basic oxygen plant, already torn down.