Tees Valley Mayor welcomes local business to Teesside International

The airport is currently being redeveloped ahead of the summer, with renovation of the main terminal and other amenities

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor visited Teesside International on Friday (February 19) to greet new local businesses that have recently set up on the airport’s redevelopment.

Currently, the airport’s main terminal building is being renovated – with the infrastructure designed by Darlington based architects, Corstorphine and Wright – in preparation for an increase in passenger numbers this summer.

This follows the scheduling of flights to Alicante and Palma, Majorca operated by Ryanair, as well as new services by Loganair and the addition of TUI from summer of next year.

Teesside International Airport
Photo Teesside International Airport

Mayor Houchen said: “It’s great to be welcoming new local businesses on site at Teesside Airport to drive forward our transformational plans for a new-look, modern and exciting airport fit for the 21st century.

“As well as these new faces, we’re also working with businesses that have been assisting in the airport redevelopment for a while now, with a proven track record of delivering top-class work that will make all the difference when we welcome new and returning passengers through our terminal.”

Redevelopment of the central search area will be carried out by 186 Property Solutions, a Darlington-based building firm. This is part of an upgrade to security, which also includes new body and bag scanners to help speed up the process whilst removing the need to pass through again at Heathrow or Schiphol, Amsterdam.

The airside bar area will be built by Wharton Construction, yet another Darlington based firm. The new food and beverage site will be named by a member of the public following a competition initiated by the Mayor.

“We’re delighted to be playing our part in delivering this exciting project,” said Matthew Wharton, director of Wharton Construction. “Airport cafes and bars are where people really start to unwind and excellent food and drink options help people get into the holiday spirit, so this is a very important project for us. That goes double because the public will be naming it, so we want to do them justice.”

Airport toilets are set to be upgraded by Infinity Construction North East and Eaglescliffe’s MJ Joinery, who previously worked on the arrivals hall. Powercare Electrical Services, will offer their expertise as an electrical subcontractor.