Work is underway on an £8.5 million office complex on the site of the old Beaumont Street car park in Darlington town centre.
The new five storey-high building is expected to provide accommodation for small and medium businesses in the professional services, digital and creative fields.
The development will also include areas of open space that will be open to the public.
It is hoped that the new 3,900 square metre building will attract new office workers to take advantage of facilities in the town centre, including cafes, bars and shops.
The office complex has been funded by Darlington Borough Council (DBC), the Tees Valley Combined Authority and the European Regional Development fund, with the building expected to be completed by spring 2020.
Councillor Chris McEwan, Deputy Leader for DBC and DBCs cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration said: “This is fantastic news for Darlington and allows businesses to take advantage of the great location and transport network links Darlington offers.
“Work starting on this development is another huge step forward in making sure Darlington is an attractive and vibrant location for both business and leisure for years to come.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “This Grade-A office space will be a huge draw for professional services firms that are currently looking at Leeds or Newcastle for their base.
“In funding this development, we’re helping to create a quality workspace that is just a stone’s throw away from the East Coast Main Line, building on Darlington’s excellent transport links. It will signal to firms across the UK that the Tees Valley is open for business.”
A range of office space is available for rent within the building. Anyone interested should contact Andrew Wilkinson at Connect Property North East on 01642 602001 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can contract Greg Davison at Cushman & Wakefield on 0191 223 5800 or by email: email@example.com.
Source: Darlington Borough Council