Hartlepool firm wins contract to record disappearance of steelworks from town's horizon

A Hartlepool film and design firm has won a contract to capture the area’s changing industrial landscape – one frame at a time.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 11:06 am

In Studio, based in Whitby Street, is the latest local business to secure work at the UK’s largest freeport by capturing time-lapse camera footage of the demolition and development of the Teesworks site.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen was on hand to welcome In Studio director Karl Brown on to the 4,500-acre site to secure vital footage of its final days.

Iconic structures such as the Redcar Blast Furnace, its coke ovens, Sinter Plant and the steelmaking facilities have been part of the Teesside skyline for decades.

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Mayor Ben Houchen, left,  with Karl Brown, of Hartlepool firm In Studio, at Teesworks.
Mayor Ben Houchen, left, with Karl Brown, of Hartlepool firm In Studio, at Teesworks.

Now a programme of demolitions, ground remediation, earth clearance and constructions are well under way to create a site primed for investors.

Mayor Houchen said: “The Teesworks site is of massive local industrial and historical importance which resonates with generations across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool

"It is only right that we capture the site as it is today for the generations to come.”

He added: “We must make way for the future. The site is home to the UK’s largest Freeport, Net Zero Teesside and the £142m wind turbine blade manufacturing facility.

Redcar's steelworks as seen from Seaton Carew beach.

"Thousands of jobs were lost when these steelworks closed, now we’re clearing the old works and building anew, delivering thousands of jobs for local people.

“It’s great to be bringing yet another local company, from Hartlepool, on site.”

Mr Brown said: “It’s a real privilege to be here on site with the task of capturing such important development and demolition work.

"Looking across the water from Hartlepool, we know only too well the iconic structures that have been part of our skyline for years. The sheer scale of the site is phenomenal and I’m looking forward to getting many cameras up to record the massive changes on site.”

Led by the independent Teesworks Heritage Taskforce, Historic England and local photographers the full site is being catalogued using film and photography.

This will ensure that a comprehensive register of the site is captured for use commercially, historically and for the education of future generations.

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