Work to improve Norton High Street and create a more pedestrian-friendly environment is set to get underway following Esh Construction being appointed as contractor.
On behalf of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Esh’s civil engineering division will create a northbound one-way system at the southern section of the high street and public realm improvements will include work to extend pedestrianised areas.
The scheme will help to accommodate Norton’s popularity both during the day and evenings while also allowing room for exciting new opportunities and further growth, such as leisure activities, pop-up markets and outdoor seating.
Steven Garrigan, Divisional Director at Esh Construction, said: “We are delighted to be bringing our expertise to this project which will play an important role in improving Norton High Street for residents, businesses and visitors.
“Combined with the Stockton Waterfront project that we are also delivering, it is an exciting time as a North East contractor to be involved in the transformation programme underway across the borough.”
The proposals were developed via the Council’s ‘Let’s Talk About Our Towns’ public consultation which identified a need for improvements to parking in the area, traffic flow and continuing to offer support for local businesses.
Councillor Nigel Cooke, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing: “People want to be a part of Norton and its success but with that comes improvements that need to be made to give everyone the best experience in the town.
“We’re following up from the wonderful additions to the duck pond and delivering another positive benefit to Norton for its residents, businesses and visitors.
“These plans are the next step in the journey for futureproofing Norton and ensuring it is fit for purpose for future generations and I am looking forward to seeing the finished result.”
The project in Norton adds to Esh’s pipeline of work in the borough having broken ground on the development of Stockton Waterfront in December last year. The new urban park is tipped to be a transformational public space for residents and visitors. Across the river, Esh is delivering the remodelling and refurbishment of Dunedin House to provide a collaborative and modern headquarters for the Council.
Combined with the Stockton Waterfront project that we are also delivering, it is an exciting time as a North East contractor to be involved in the transformation programme underway across the borough.”