Stockton Town Centre

ClientStockton-on-Tees Borough Council


Project TypePlacemaking


Working with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Ryder has drawn up exciting and ambitious proposals to transform Stockton High Street into a new 2.5ha urban park.

The proposals demolish the 1970s Castlegate Shopping Centre, opening up access and views to the River Tees from the high street.  A new 40m wide land bridge spans the narrowed A1305 Riverside Road, enabling the new park to seamlessly spill over to the riverside.  A terraced arena is created to provide an events space, taking advantage of the riverside backdrop.

Art and sculpture are integrated across the park, providing a journey of discovery.  New food and beverage developments are located along the riverside, taking advantage of the waterfront setting and encouraging people to spend time in the town.  A play park is focused on the high street with informal play spread throughout.  A large central lawn and pavilion at its heart provides opportunities to host large events.