Losing Middlesbrough's Captain Cook Pub is "not an option", says Mayor Andy Preston

The Captain Cook pub on Durham Street in Middlehaven Credit: Middlesbrough Council

Proposals have been made for emergency works to protect Middlesbrough's oldest standing pub from further deterioration, as Mayor Andy Preston says losing it "is not an option".

The Grade II listed Captain Cook Pub was designed by Middlesbrough's Robert Moore and was erected in 1893. Last year, it was listed as one of the Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings by The Victorian Society.

Middlesbrough Council says it has "prioritised the restoration of the Durham Street pub for a number of years but has lacked the resources to take the project forward".

Resources are being sought from the Towns Fund to allow some of the restoration work to take place on both the Old Town Hall and the Captain Cook Pub, if successful.

However, the council says the deterioration of the Captain Cook Pub building has accelerated and major stabilisation works are required.

The costs of the stabilisation are estimated to be around £538,000 and would come from savings made in the revised proposals for the town's Boho X project.