Health and fitness under the spotlight for the New Year
HEALTH and fitness were in the spotlight as Tees Pride 2008 got under way.
The year started with the Evening Gazette, Teesside University and Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust joining forces to launch Get A Better Life - a new community challenge aimed at getting people to make the pledge for a healthier, fitter lifestyle.
Other highlights from the month included:
12: Tees Pride 2008 launch supplement published.
24: The National Skills Academy for the Process Industries was officially launched. The £10m organisation is based at Teesside University. The news came as development company Sonhoe’s announced it has secured £200m in oil contracts to enable it to move forward with plans for a £2bn crude oil refinery at Wilton.
The organisation is working to meet the skills gap the process sector faces. To sustain growth at current rates, the industry has a formidable appetite for skills with a predicted 48,000 recruits needed nationally by 2015.
Processing has been the jewel in the UK industry’s crown for the past 10 years, demonstrating the fastest growth of any sector, attaining an average rate of 2.6% per annum. In the Tees Valley 60% of the local economy is dependent on the process industry,
25: Within days of launching 500 people had already logged on to www.getabetterlifecampaign.co.uk to sign up for the health and fitness challenge.
26: Mima - the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art - celebrated its first birthday. In 12 months the gallery had welcomed 150,000 visitors
4: South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust which runs the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton was praised by Prime Minister Gordon Brown after being named as the country’s top acute healthcare organisation.
AND details of a huge shake-up of education in Stockton were announced. Schools are set to close under the proposed £150m investment in the borough’s secondary education.
7: The number of Get A Better Life pledgers tipped the 700 mark.
18: Tees Pride supplement published looking at the borough of Stockton.
20: Work got under way on a £10m flagship building which will be at the heart of Middlesbrough’s BoHo zone.
The zone is being designated as a focus for digital and creative businesses to become established and flourish.
The BoHo One building will provide space for new digital and creative companies to grow, work with each other and do business.
22: Government backing was won for PD Ports’ £300m deep sea container terminal on Teesside. The Northern Gateway Container Terminal (NGCT) will champion Teesside as a real alternative to congested Southern ports for importing goods from all over the world.
Besides bringing a projected 5,500 jobs to the Tees Valley, the initiative to expand existing facilities at Teesport will encourage companies from all over the world to develop import and distribution centres on Teesside.
5: Hundreds of new jobs were promised to Teessiders as an iconic shipyard was re-opened. The familiar sounds of heavy machinery returned to the Haverton Hill shipyard, near Billingham, after almost 30 years of silence.
Dozens of people cheered the cutting of the first piece of steel, which marks a new lease of life for the yard - where a £150m contract has been awarded to the Tees Alliance Group (TAG) to build two state-of-the-art drilling rigs.
AND stunning waterside images were revealed as part of the masterplan design for Stockton’s ambitious £320m North Shore development.
North Shore promises to make Stockton Riverside ‘the place to be’ and in doing so create more than 2,500 jobs and bring increased wealth to the area.
6: Garlands Call Centres was named the best in business in the Tees Valley. The ever-expanding firm, which employs more than 3,000 on Teesside, took the Company of the Year title at the Tees Valley Business Awards 2007. The top title was among a raft of winners at the event, held at Teesside University.
20: The £110m, 250-acre Skylink International Business Park was launched at Durham Tees Valley Airport. The development will create 2,000 new jobs and provide two million sq ft of business space.
27: The go-ahead was given to a £50m import centre at Teesport, which could create more than 800 jobs. Planning bosses at Redcar and Cleveland Council approved PD Ports’ project, the first part of which could be operational by next summer. The new 1.2 million sq ft centre will be the new neighbour to Asda’s import site, which is already up and running at Teesport. But it will be almost four times the size.
28: Teesside was leading the world when it came to steel exports. Corus Teesside Cast Products exported more slab steel than any other steelmaker in 2007, sending out 2.4 million tonnes. Jon Bolton, managing director, Teesside Cast Products, said: “It is fantastic to see that TCP is exporting more steel slab than any other steelmaker.”
1: A huge £90m secondary school shake-up was announced for Redcar and Cleveland. The massive investment, to be spread across the borough’s 11 secondary and special schools, is from the Government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
21: Fantastic work going on across Redcar and Cleveland was the subject of the latest Tees Pride supplement.
25: The number of people pledging to take part in the Get A Better Life campaign topped the 1,000 mark.
TEES Valley company Darchem Engineering was crowned the best in business in the North-east.
The Stillington-based firm took the top title at the North East Business Awards 2007, which are organised by the Evening Gazette and its sister paper The Journal.
Darchem Engineering, a world leader in the manufacture of insulation systems for use in the aerospace, energy and marine sectors, recently revealed it was investing £2.5m at its Stillington headquarters. The expansion will take the workforce to almost 750.
Other highlights included:
10: Middlesbrough was chosen to be home to a giant television screen as part of the BBC’s Public Space Broadcasting Project.
The scheme has already seen screens put up in cities including Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool.
The project, working in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), will see a network of screens installed at key locations across the UK in time for this summer’s Beijing Olympics and the subsequent handover to London on August 24.
The news was further confirmation of the town’s ability to put on a good show, having hosted hugely successful events such as Proms in the Park.
With stages in Centre Square, the town hall and its courtyard, the Empire, the Central, outside Dr Browns and inside the Purple Onion, organisers had promised to make this year the best yet. Now in its ninth year the event included indie legends Ash, and up and coming stars like One Night Only.
8: Fun and fitness came together for a special family event to mark Teesside’s Get A Better Life campaign. The free open day was held at Teesside University’s Olympia Building where visitors were treated to goodie bags, as well as a host of fitness related activities.
11: There was a double dose of regeneration news with a £20m project for the site of the former Middlesbrough police station and a £3.5 upgrading of the Tees Barrage white water course. The Middlesbrough project will include a hotel, office and multi-storey car park scheme.
And at the Tees Barrage improvements include redesigning the main course, building a second shorter course and installing four massive Archimedes Screws to pump the water needed to create guaranteed conditions for canoeing, rafting and other white water sports activities.
23: Hartlepool was the focus of the latest Tees Pride supplement.
The largest public art initiative in the world was launched by Tees Valley Regeneration.
The £15m project will be series of five world-class art installations by renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor and leading structural designer Cecil Balmond, of Arup.
And the first - Temenos - will be on Middlesbrough’s Middlehaven site near Boro’s Riverside Stadium.
When complete it will be 110m long and 50m high. It will cost £2.7m.
19: A weekend of fun got under way at Middlesbrough’s Mela
21: Tees Valley’s road to regeneration was featured in the Flagship Tees Pride supplement.
26: The 44th Billingham International Folklore Festival began, bringing fabulous flag wavers, thunderous drumming, unusual costumes and 11 groups from around the world to town.
29: The hunt began to find Tees Valley’s best business bosses with the launch of the North East Executive of the Year Awards 2008.
30: Stockton International Riverside Festival got under way. Europe’s largest free open air festival also celebrated its 21st birthday. The five-day festival featured a spectacular programme of outdoor theatre, street entertainment, circus, music and dance, by some of the world’s best artists. Running alongside the event was Stockton’s Fringe festival. Its line-up included legends of the “Madchester” music scene, the Happy Mondays, Welsh psychedelic wizards Super Furry Animals and Paul Heaton, of Beautiful South and Housemartins fame.
21: Schools on Teesside reported record GCSE results with more pupils making the grade.
A RECORD-BREAKING 3,000 runners took part in the Tees Pride 10K Road Race.
The fourth annual event on September 21 proved to be the biggest yet - with hundreds of spectators lining the route to cheer on family and friends.
And before the big race, almost 800 took part in the 3k Primary Care Trust Fun Run.
Next year’s event on Sunday, September 6 will mark the fifth annual run - and race director Jimmy Wattis is aiming for it to be bigger and better than ever.
Other highlights included:
5: The Teesside skyline welcomed a new landmark with the installation of the spectacular arched footbridge spanning the river at Stockton.
A complex and intricate engineering operation lifted the 450-tonne second arch of the North Shore Infinity Bridge into place. The graceful humpbacked bridge will link the north and south shore of the Tees at Teesdale Business Park and Durham University’s Queen’s Campus and will be used by thousands of people every day.
8: After seven years of planning and hard work, the new £68m Middlesbrough College opened its doors. Five thousand students poured into the new building, heralding a new chapter in the regeneration of the town’s Middlehaven area.
College bosses said the lure of the landmark had led to 20% more students enrolling this year.
It has also proved crucial in Middlesbrough’s ongoing urban redevelopment - physically and symbolically bridging the gap between the former docks and town centre and ensuring the investment snowball continues.
24: We threw the Tees Pride spotlight on Darlington with our latest special supplement.
1: Stockton Sixth Form College revealed designs for an iconic new £22m college building. The college is seeking planning consent to replace the old buildings which were opened in 1973 by then Minister For Education, Margaret Thatcher. The new 8,728sq m facility will accommodate IT suites, sporting facilities, media studios, arts and graphic design studios, science labs, teaching and learning spaces and office accommodation.
7: The search began to find the best of the North-east’s business community as the nebusiness awards 2008 were launched by the Evening Gazette and The Journal.
14: A Bellway site manager on Teesside, Bill Beckwith, was once again celebrating after being named one of the best in Britain. It emerged he would be representing the North-east at the building “Oscars” - the Pride in the Job Awards.
20: The Tees Pride Middlesbrough supplement was published and looked back on seven years of regeneration progress since the campaign began.
30: Three bosses who have shaped the economic landscape on Teesside swept the board at the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards.
Representing the past, present and future powerhouses of the Tees Valley, PD Ports’ David Robinson, former ICI chief Sandy Anderson, and offshore engineering and renewables trailblazer Dr Tony Trapp of IHC Engineering Business, carried the night and won praise for their leadership from about 400 of their peers at a ceremony in Newcastle.
Dr Trapp, who founded the £30m-turnover IHC in his bedroom 12 years ago and sold it last year to a Dutch engineering firm 20 times its size this year, took the overall North-east crown.
6: Tees Valley’s first ever Employer Engagement Conference was held at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium, backed by the Gazette’s ABC - A Brilliant Career In The Tees Valley campaign.
7: International students ranked the University of Teesside top for the support it offers. In the International Student Barometer (ISB), the largest study of student satisfaction in the world, international students rated Teesside top out of 93 universities across the UK and Europe in several categories.
14: A giant step forward was taken in the Temenos art project. The northern arm of Balfour Beatty - the international engineering and construction services firm - was awarded the contract to deliver the spectacular sculpture which will be the first of the Tees Valley Giants.
Work on the £2.7m artwork is expected to start in the spring and should be completed next summer.
AND the unsung heroes of Teesside were honoured at the Evening Gazette Community Champions Awards.
Tales of selfless bravery, unwavering devotion and incredible hope were retold, relived and recognised by a 200-strong crowd at the Thistle Hotel, Middlesbrough.
From charity fundraisers and carers to paramedics and parents - all were recognised.
2: The multi-million pound refurbishment of Billingham Forum forged ahead with the announcement that Morgan Ashurst will work with Stockton Council and its partners to help design the £15m revamp, with work scheduled to start on-site in July next year.
3: It emerged architects from across the globe were queuing up to have a hand in the design of one of Teesside’s key regeneration sites. More than 200 architectural firms, including some of the biggest names in contemporary design, have registered to take part in a design contest at the North Shore development in Stockton.
Developers Urban Splash and Muse Developments launched the Make Me a Home competition in September in conjunction with Building Design Magazine and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Firms were invited to design a new type of family home for the £300m scheme which broke with convention and brought something new to suburban housing.
About 250 homes will eventually be built on the waterfront development, which has already seen £18m of investment.
Shortlisted entries will be on public display in February and the winner will be announced later in the spring.
5: The £100m redevelopment of the Tall Trees Hotel in Yarm took a step forward after the appointment of architects. Tees Valley-based Niven Architects has begun work on a three-phase development of the site which will include the creation of a six-star hotel.
10: Engineering giant Aker Solutions showed how it is investing in the future of new talent with its own skills academy.
And five young people became the latest to begin forging a new future in the process sector, thanks to the Stockton-based Aker Academy.
The new recruits - all aged 18-22 - are being put through their paces across the business.
They will now get an opportunity to work in sectors across the engineering business before specialising.
Matthew Helm, Zara Hafez Ghorani, Alison Atkinson, Jonathan McCann and Carl Driffill are now all developing their careers in the company.