British Steel to be Used in Vital Middlesbrough Station Overhaul

Tees Valley Mayor | Published on: 13th February 2023

A vital upgrade of Middlesbrough Station will see British Steel used as part of the huge £34million revamp.

Teams are hard at work on the second part of the transport scheme which will revitalise the station undercroft, create new walkways and spaces for businesses, and boost capacity for more rail services.

Story Contracting is carrying out work now with diggers busy on site. 

Now it can be revealed that steel bought from British Steel will be used on the overhaul – with its fabrication taking place on Teesside at Middlesbrough-based CB Construction (Cleveland) Ltd.

Steel is set to come to the station site next month – with 40 tonnes of mainly beams and columns to form part of the ticket hall, new staircase, wall structures and undercroft.

British Steel has sites across the UK and supports more than 700 jobs across the Tees Valley through its sites at Skinningrove, Darlington, and at its Beam Mill, at Lackenby.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Our area has a proud history of steelmaking and to me it is indisputable that we as a country still have a huge role to play in this industry.

“I am a huge champion of British Steel, which employs more than 700 people on Teesside, and while we can’t change the past, I will do everything I can to support British Steel’s future.

“As we’re making great progress on the redevelopment of Middlesbrough Station, I am immensely proud to say that we’ve worked tirelessly over recent months to make sure that all structural steel used on the station redevelopment will come from British Steel. I’ve always said I would prioritise local jobs and local businesses and this is another massive endorsement for an industry important to our heritage and vital to our future countries future economic prosperity.

“It’s also fantastic to see Boro firm CB Construction taking a central role in its fabrication – supporting even more jobs close to home. It shows that the redevelopment of Middlesbrough Station is for local people delivered by local people.

“This is another great example of how we’re taking on game-changing projects to improve the lives of people in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool – and doing them in a way which backs British manufacturers and local industries right on our doorstep.

“When ready, the station will provide Middlesbrough with the gateway it truly deserves. With the Middlesbrough Mayoral Development Corporation set to supercharge progress, we’re rightly aiming high on what we can all achieve in the town.”

David Hogg, British Steel Plant Manager – Northern Mills, said: “We’re extremely proud our steel will be used in this exciting project. It is a huge vote of confidence in British Steel, our people and our products which demonstrates the importance of a vibrant UK steel industry to this country. We look forward to working with the project partners and seeing this magnificent new building take shape with home-made steel.”

Gary Sivills, Managing Director for CB Construction, said: “As a local firm who’ve always been based on North Ormesby Road, we were delighted to be chosen by Story Contracting and Network Rail to fabricate the steel for the station project.

“It’s been fantastic to play an important role in a scheme which will make a big difference in our hometown.”

The Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority have contributed £22.5million to the Middlesbrough Station project, which is being delivered by Network Rail.

Phase one of the station works were completed in December 2021 – with a 75-metre platform extension to accommodate the new LNER Azuma direct service to London, the town’s first service to the capital in more than 30 years.

This second part of the scheme will see the current ticket hall stairs removed, a new staircase built off the central thoroughfare, open public space at the east end of the former car park, and a new pedestrian walkway created between Zetland Road at the south of the station and the existing subway.

The Combined Authority has worked closely with the rail industry, the Department for Transport, Network Rail, and Middlesbrough Council on the package of improvements – with a third platform to be created and efforts to make the station a modern and vibrant gateway to the town.

The station project is set to be complete in 2024.

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