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.


     One of the points that were of main interest to us was the fact that we could plan the workspace and Martin & Peter really helped us through the process of planning the office. Since moving in we have been very impressed with their responsive and very proactive of working with us, if we have had any problems they have dealt with them straight away. They have monthly meetings where we meet up with all of the other tenants in the building and we talk through the issues we may have

Steve Taggart (North West Regional Manager)
Kinetic plc, Warrington (Current tenants, Bank Quay House)

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