STRUCTURAL works to repair Middlesbrough's oldest pub have now been completed as part of plans to regeneration the area to its former glory.

The Grade II* Listed Captain Cook - "over the border" near the Transporter Bridge - has been undergoing repair works to secure the exterior, though it remains fenced off as a building site.

The Jacobean style building was designed by Middlesbrough's Robert Moore and was built in 1893, however last year it was listed as one of the Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings by The Victorian Society.

Earlier this year it was discovered that the deterioration of the Captain Cook had accelerated, and major stabilisation works were required as a matter of urgency.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston today said the next steps would be to bring the Captain Cook building back to life in the heart of Middlehaven.

He said: "It's massively important for Middlesbrough that we save our historic buildings and the Captain Cook as our oldest standing pub falls easily inside that category.

"Now the work to stop it falling down is complete we need to quickly get on and make sure it has a long and prosperous future at the heart of Middlehaven.

"Work is also already underway on new homes and new office buildings which will bring the historic starting point of Middlesbrough back to life."

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With new homes being built at the Boho Village site on Cleveland Street it was feared the building may not survive the inevitable disruption and vibration, so work was essential.

Following the stabilisation of the building by Middlesbrough Council this prominent redundant building can be brought back into beneficial use.

The Captain Cook will soon be marketed in the normal way; however, interest has already been shown by a number of developers.


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