ALMOST 50 new jobs will be created when a new pub opens in Billingham next month.
Building work on The Halmoon Inn, a £1.2m venture by the Wetherspoons chain, is almost complete and the pub is scheduled to open on April 15.
The building is in Billingham’s West Precinct, on the site of a former bookshop.
Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “We are looking forward to opening our pub in Billingham.
“We have enjoyed great success in the region and are confident that The Half Moon Inn will be popular with people of all ages and be an asset to the town.
“We also believe that it will act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in Billingham and create new jobs.”
Sally Makinson, the architect behind the pubs design, said: “Catalyst is a great word to use for this site, as the internal references are taken from the fact ICI built a huge manufacturing plant in Billingham – so the interior will have slight references of an old chemist or apothecary shop, but still retaining Wetherspoons’ traditional pub values.”
The project has taken 12 weeks, with the architect liaising throughout with the landlord of the shopping centre.
The name of the pub was carefully considered after looking through a number of options which related to Billingham’s history.
Originally the houses in Billingham were clustered around the village green and the village had eight water pumps and five public houses which dated back to at least the 1820s.
The original Half Moon Inn was one of these, which ceased trading in 1908 and went on to become a popular fish and chip shop.
It was later demolished but Wetherspoons hope to keep it’s name alive through these new premises.
The history of the building will be commemorated by a plaque which will be on display outside of the pub.