There is nothing more exciting than the revival and rebirth of a long-forgotten place. The neglected waterfront area of Middlehaven docks in Middlesborough (in North East of England) has got a second lease of life. Making the most of it, the town leaders have entered into an agreement with the Tees Valley Regeneration and BioRegional Quintain, one of the UK’s biggest developers to infuse a fresh, vibrant style to the area. The agreement brings with it £200m of investment to Middlesbrough, 1,000 new jobs, 750 homes designed by top architects, shops, stylish bars, cafés and restaurants, and a luxury hotel. Hopefully, the “daring architect” Will Alsop’s designs will finally come to life. As it is this March a team led by Tees Valley Regeneration, developer BioRegional Quintain and its architects Studio Egret West won the “big urban projects” category at the MIPIM (Architectural Review) Future Projects Awards. They beat projects Plot-Scape in Bursa, Turkey, and the redevelopment of the King’s Cross Station area in London.
Will Alsop is the famed designer of the Palestra Building, the Peckham Library and the Ben Pimlott Building at Goldsmith College in London, Hotel du Department des Bouches du Rhone in Marseille, and the Sharp Centre for Design in Toronto. His eccentric designs grow on you!