4,500 residents have signed a petition in support of Python Properties regenerating Billingham House into prestigious office space and creating new jobs in the area.

The £5m proposed restoration project is regarded as a beacon development, which will not only renovate the building but will also inspire and help to regenerate the surrounding communities.

The commercial property firm believes the petition shows ever-increasing support for them to start development instead of Stockton Council going ahead with its plan to demolish the former ICI headquarters, which will be subsidised by taxpayers.

Martin Johnson, partner at Python Properties, said: “Like residents we believe the situation has gone on far too long so we are extremely eager to get on site and start to positively improve the area.”

“The support for our proposal has been overwhelming; we have found that once our comprehensive plans have been explained fully four out of five residents spoken to have signed our petition to show their support. We have been speaking to the people at the heart of Billingham in question by canvassing in the town centre or on their doorstep as well as holding an exhibition to show local residents our plans.

“We are so committed to the development that we have recently offered Stockton Council an alternative option to their plans, which would involve us placing funds into a special account and if we fail to complete all external work within six months the money could then be used to demolish the building.

“This means that residents will have the certainty of an outcome to the saga, without cost and either way, there is no risk for the local community.”

No response has been received from Stockton Council to Python Properties offer to-date.


     Bank Quay House is a fantastic location right in the heart of Warrington it is a very pleasant environment. We are really pleased with the standard of the accommodation and always try to get our Clients to come to our offices. This is important to us and the feedback we get is always very positive

Gareth Boyd (Business Managers)
RK Accountancy plc, Warrington (Current tenants, Bank Quay House)

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