Former riverside call centre attracting interest
Is an hotel option still on?
Interesting piece in the Shields Gazette which looks at the options available for prospective buyers or lessees of the former C J Garland call centre near Comical Corner on the riverside in South Shields, which helped me to recall this post from May of last year.
Estate agents King Sturge and Sanderson Weatherall are working together to either sell or rent the property, and say they are prepared to listen to sensible offers, rather than setting a fixed price. David Jackson, of Sanderson Weatherall, said: “We’ve had a good level of interest so far, and this is very much a work in progress.
“We’ve had a mixture of enquiries. Most of the interest is coming from the office sector, but it has also been looked at from a residential perspective.
“It is fully equipped as a call centre, and it also has potential for use as a hotel.”
He added: “At present, we have not had any offers that are at the level that is acceptable, but we remain very positive that we will find a suitable user for the building.”
I still keep seeing quite a good prospective hotel down there in the model of Travelodge rather than a more upmarket operation, however some of the other ideas that I floated at the time might still be runners, particularly office space with restaurant and/or convenience shops on the ground floor (there is a good market of customers just yards away). Speaking to residents during the recent election campaign brought the response that South Tyneside Council did not need to build the new BT South Tyneside HQ at Harton Staithes when this former call centre was available and standing empty, however it is too late to think this way, plans for the BT building needed to be formalised and put in place long before C J Garland announced their own demise.
I no longer see the Maritime Museum idea as having legs, especially during times of economic constraint, it is a pity, but a stark reality, the site still has enormous potential to provide new employment opportunities, so what would local people really want to see, and how could they influence the outcome?