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Python Gallery opening

Posted on: October 11th, 2022 by admin

Please join us for the opening of our new art gallery ‘Python Gallery’ at The Co-operative Buildings, Middlesbrough on the 28 October 2022.
The free open event will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and will showcase Barbara Renton Wood’s exhibition “Northern Vistas” an impressionistic interpretation of the iconic steelworks at Redcar.
The opening night offers the opportunity for art lovers and collectors to be among the first to view the new gallery space and the collection of works by artist Barbara Renton Wood whilst enjoying complimentary refreshments and canapes together with the captivating sounds of a live guitarist.
Visit our Facebook HERE to keep up to date with the event and future exhibitions.

Python Properties sponsor Maddie Mae Chambers

Posted on: September 15th, 2022 by admin

We are proud to now be sponsoring Maddie Mae Chambers, goalkeeper and winger at Billingham Town FC Girls, for the 22/23 season.

Maddie transferred to the under 16’s Billingham Town FC Girls team a little over two years ago and has since qualified as a football coach.

Speaking with Maddie, she said: “I’ve played football since I was three and throughout the years it has always been the highlight of my day. So, I would love to follow football through into my adult life with my dream being to one day become an England lioness and leave an impression on woman’s football, just like the current lionesses have.

“After completing my FA Playmaker coaching course, I realised how little we are doing to get more girls into this fantastic sport.

“I’m currently studying in my final year at Trinity Catholic College and next year I will be attending their sixth form where I have enrolled in their T6 programme (sixth form football academy) where I can further my football ability, and hopefully support the younger generations coming through Trinity Catholic College.”

Maddie continued: “As this is my first season as full-time team captain, I’m looking forward to leading the girls into the 22/23 season in a sport we all love and enjoy. I’m determined to show all the hard work we have put in during pre-season, as well as the work of our manager Bekah and coach Tony will pay off.

“We will go out there week in and week out, giving it everything we have got to the best of our abilities and hopefully make history as well as memories. Teamwork makes the dream work”

We would like to wish Maddie and the rest of the team good luck for the season ahead, we are excited to see where your journey takes you.

Heritage, Traditions and Lockdown by the Random Stitchers of Cleveland

Posted on: June 18th, 2021 by admin

Exhibition Dates: 14/06/2021 – 9/07/2021
Meet the artists: Saturday 3rd July 2021, 10am until 12pm.

The Saturday opening offers a great opportunity to meet the artists over drinks and nibbles provided by Iron Co Coffee House and ask any questions about the work displayed.

Random Stitchers of Cleveland exists to promote and practise the use of stitch and textiles to produce art using a wide range of materials and techniques from simple to sophisticated.

The diverse nature of embroidery and stitch has changed greatly over the years and is very creative and exciting. This exhibition shows some of the wide range of techniques, skills, fun, enjoyment and satisfaction members gained producing their textile pieces.

The Random Stitchers hold meetings on the first Saturday of the month, usually with a visiting speaker, at Sunnyfield House in Guisborough at 2.00pm, where visitors are welcome for a small fee. They also hold a Monday morning workshop at the same venue on the 2nd Monday of the month, although covid restrictions have prevented these from going ahead of late.

Everyone is welcome to join the group and they try to cater for all abilities and tastes. All you need is an interest. They are a friendly approachable group and would be delighted to help you.

Gillian Garrod can be contacted via email:

Heritage Gallery celebrates 10 year anniversary

Posted on: May 24th, 2021 by admin

To celebrate the gallery’s 10 year anniversary and the first exhibition of 2021 since the Covid-19 pandemic, we are pleased to be opening for a ‘one off’ Saturday viewing on Saturday 5th June, 10am until 1pm.

Arrival times need to be staggered in order to avoid large groups of people gathering, so please register your desired arrival time through Eventbrite HERE

If you have problems with booking your arrival time, please email
Since opening the doors of the Cargo Fleet Offices on Wednesday 8th June 2011, the Heritage Gallery has showcased a range of exhibitions introducing visitors to an array of artistic mediums including painting, printmaking, photography, textiles and sculpture.

The opening offers a great opportunity to meet David Griffiths and ask any questions you may have about the work on display.

Refreshments and a bit of brunch will be provided by Iron Co Coffee House.

Please follow government guidelines in regards to social distancing and the wearing of face masks.

Why you should base your business in Middlesbrough

Posted on: April 29th, 2021 by admin

With three office buildings in our portfolio based in Middlesbrough, it’s clear to see we’re big supporters of our home region in the wonderful area of Tees Valley.

Our office space in Cargo Fleet, Boho Zero and The Co-operative Buildings is equipped with art galleries, bistros and state of the art refurbishments with suites that can be designed bespoke to your needs. But, if you need a little more convincing of why you should base your business in the Boro, we’ve got a few good reasons to tell you.

Enhanced opportunities

Not only is Tees Valley now becoming the home of Treasury North, but Teesside is also getting its very own Freeport – which is huge news for the region. Spanning a huge 4,500 acres, the Freeport is set to be the largest in the UK and is situated very near to our Boho Zero and Cargo Fleet Offices.

Freeports can enhance trade and investment across the UK, boost growth and the number of high-skilled jobs and increase innovation in port regions. Research found that the Freeport within the Tees Valley, could create up to 32,000 jobs and add £2billion to the regional economy.

It’s highly likely that many well-known businesses will soon flock to the region, this in turn will create new opportunities for local businesses to connect with big brands, including enhanced tender and bid openings.

Leading the way in sustainable business

The Net Zero Teesside project aims to become the UK’s first zero-carbon industrial cluster, hoping to decarbonise a collection of carbon-intensive businesses by as early as 2030.

Many organisations are switching to a more sustainable way of working, if you’d like your business to be one of them, basing your company in a future green economy is the way to go and Middlesbrough is right at the heart of it.

Hubs for digital and creative

Well known for its ability to enable startups to thrive, the BOHO Zone of Middlesbrough has fast become a digital hub for creative businesses, now joined by our very own Boho Zero – the latest renovation in our commitment to regeneration.

Already home to businesses such as Viral Effect, Boho Zero is perfect for those who want to be at the centre of this exciting area that has already been quoted as ‘Middlesbrough’s Silicone Valley’.

Great transport links

With a train that now runs from Middlesbrough to London Kings Cross, Teesside Airport close by and major routes including the A19 and A66 surrounding all three of our offices in Middlesbrough, you’ll never have trouble getting where you need to go.

The vast transport options available, ensure organisations in the region can do business across the nation without the need to worry about transport.

If you would like to find out more about the availability we have in Cargo Fleet Offices, Boho Zero and The Co-operative Buildings, don’t hesitate to contact us via

New Tenant – Hypno Jo

Posted on: April 19th, 2021 by admin

Established four years ago, Hypno Jo is a clinical hypnotherapist based in Cargo Fleet Offices in Middlesbrough. Using a range of hypnosis methods to treat conditions or change habits, Jo supports her clients to make real change in their lives.

Why was Cargo Fleet Offices an attractive place to base the business?
Cargo Fleet is a beautiful building; it is well presented and has secure parking and 24/hr access which I required for my business for late night sessions.

What have you been most impressed with?
“The team at Cargo Fleet are super helpful and accommodating. Plus, the buildings décor and history is a focal point with my clients, as it allows me to break the ice.

“The café and gallery located within the building are an added bonus.”

Would you recommend Cargo fleet to businesses?

“I would absolutely recommend Cargo Fleet to any business, the location is ideal being in the middle of two boroughs, and it’s just off the A66. It’s easy to give directions to clients.”

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First exhibition of 2021

Posted on: April 13th, 2021 by admin

We are looking forward to opening the doors of the gallery soon after what has been a very long time in lockdown with the first exhibition of 2021:

“Instrumental Art” by Photographic Artist David Griffiths.

David Griffiths is a photographic artist based in Teesside. His Digital artworks are a blend of true representation and stylistic interpretation.

David explores the complex aspects of perspectives and dimension within his work, experimenting with vibrant and dynamic colours, subtle use of light, shadow and reflections and a variety of mediums, to create intriguing mixed media pieces.

His multi-dimensional pieces are inspired by geometric forms and dynamic shapes found within nature and architecture and he explores pattern, colour and texture to create pieces that merge between reality and abstraction.

The onsite bistro – Iron Co Coffee House are preparing to reopen for takeaways in a couple of weeks time. The exhibition will not officially be open as a physical show for gatherings, but artwork can be viewed whilst grabbing yourself a cuppa or bite to eat. Please stick to government guidelines of social distancing and face masks.

Please visit The Heritage Gallery Facebook page HERE for updates.

New Tenant – D&S Marketing Solutions

Posted on: March 29th, 2021 by admin

D&S Marketing Solutions is a marketing and sales company specialising in residential marketing. Based in The Co-operative Buildings in Middlesbrough, D&S work with businesses across the north east to engage with new audiences through marketing campaigns, lead generation and customer acquisitions.

Why was The Co-Operative Building an attractive place to base the business?

“We chose The Co-Operative Buildings because of its great location and building, with 24/7 access and secure parking it was ideal for us. It’s a great perk to be able to access the building 24/7 and it has a manned reception.”

What have you been most impressed with?

“How easy it is! To be able to have your own office within a great building, we have a good relationship with the team at Cargo. It’s a good place to be and it’s such a positive building. Derek, the concierge is a super star!”

Would you recommend Cargo fleet to businesses?

“100% to any business!”


Meet the concierge

Posted on: January 13th, 2021 by admin

All our commercial properties have a manned reception with a fully serviced concierge. The front of house is there to welcome guests and assist tenants where possible. They are a huge part of our team and the service we provide to our tenants. As they are the first-person guests meet we thought we’d ask them a few questions and profile the team for all the great work they do. To start the series, we spoke with Derek who takes care of The Co-operative Buildings in Middlesbrough.

How long have you worked at The Co-operative Buildings?
“I’ve worked as concierge for 11 years and I absolutely love coming into the building every day.”

What’s the best thing about working in the building?
“The best thing about working in The Co-operative Buildings is interacting with the tenants and guests. We get such a wide variety of people entering the building and in turn creates lots of different conversations!

“We create a great working environment and people always want someone to talk to. I’m a friendly face and even after tenants have moved on from the building they come by and say hello years on from leaving.”

Do you have any facts about The Co-op Buildings?
“In 1942 during the second world war, 200 people sheltered in our underground car park away from the bombings, not only did the 200 people survive but the building did too. All of the surrounding buildings were destroyed.”

What’s your favourite way to welcome people?

“It’s important to make a good first impression, I greet every person with a smile and always try to help them from the offset.”

What do you do to make it more special for the tenants?

“I help out when I can, I try my hardest to solve the tenant’s problems, but if I can’t we will call someone in to make sure the problem is fixed as soon as possible.”

What do you think makes The Co-operative Buildings a good place to base a business and work?
“The quality of the building, as well as the location and transport links. One of the key features of the building is the underground secure car park for tenants, parking isn’t something that is often available and it’s a huge need for businesses looking for somewhere to base their business.”

What do you do in your spare time?

“I love spending time outdoors and especially gardening.”

“Souvenirs of Southbank Street” Exhibition Opening

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Saturday 12th September 2020
Between 10am and 1pm
The opening offers a great opportunity to meet Rita and ask any questions you may have about the work on display. Refreshments and a bit of brunch will be provided by Iron Co Coffee House.
Exhibition runs until Friday 16th October 2020. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8.30am until 2.00pm (currently), check website for updates.
If you are coming along, could you please let us know so that we can get a rough idea of numbers –
Also a gentle reminder to follow government guidelines in regards to social distancing and the wearing of face masks, please bring one along with you.
Rita’s latest body of work “Souvenirs of Southbank Streets” are inspired by her childhood memories of playing in King and Queen Street in Southbank where she grew up. Reminiscent of the streets free from traffic, her paintings depict childhood games from the 40s, when and where children could play games and have great fun in their playground on their doorstep.
Rita loves the use of colour. Her “Bright Lights” paintings came about from her love and practice of making stained glass pieces. The vibrant colours and dark outlines became part of a new way of painting for her and has evolved over the past ten years. The use of bright colours uplift the senses and bring a happiness and joy to the pieces.
Rita says:
“I love experimenting with a variety of media, I get so much pleasure and happiness when I work – my goal is to share that with others and feel it is what I am on this earth to fulfil.”

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