The Tees Valley and the surrounding area is a great place to live and work and we all have our favourite things to do and places to visit. Whilst the nation is following government advice and socially isolating, some of our favourite places are not yet accessible. The recent relaxing of the rules has meant we can visit some of the outdoor spots we have been missing, whilst we must wait a little longer before we can fully access others. We asked our commercial property team to share some of their favourite places with us and where they will be visiting once the lockdown is fully lifted.
I really enjoy the ambience and atmosphere of Yarm High Street, seeing shops, cafes and restaurants, and experiencing the pleasant buzz of the town. The walk around the town centre in the loop along the River Tees at Yarm is also beautiful in the right weather. I am lucky enough to live close by, so it is easy for me to enjoy the town and, once the restrictions are lifted, I look forward to reacquainting myself with a few favourite places.
Simon Wake, Partner and Head of Commercial Property
During normal times, I spend any free time out and about around Teesside and its surrounding countryside and the adjacent coast. There are very few places in England where you can access moorland and beach in one short stroll, whilst taking in views of a rich industrial past. My favourite is the route from the Ironstone mines of Eston Hills to Paddy’s Hole at South Gare, there is so much to take in and is a reminder of the possibilities that lay ahead for the former SSI site. Since the restrictions have been relaxed, I am getting back out and looking forward to seeing a few more people out and about whilst maintaining social distancing rules.
Jamie Brown, Partner
It is such an iconic landmark and instantly recognisable. Being outdoors is always good to clear the mind and there is no better view than that from the top. I always feel a sense of achievement once I have made the climb and appreciate the time to reflect. I am looking forward to getting back out there once the restrictions are fully lifted, and I have a feeling I will appreciate the view more than ever.
Gareth Jones, Partner
Rockliffe Hall Hotel
The spa at Rockliffe Hall has become a sanctuary for me after working hard and is one of my favourite places to turn off my phone and hideaway. We have had a wonderful relationship with Rockliffe Hall since owner Steve Gibson instructed us to advise on the site acquisition and redevelopment of the hall, golf course and surrounding areas in 2006. Rockliffe Hall was one of the first clients I worked with when I joined the firm in 2011 and our mutual relationship continues to develop today. The Hall is a world-class facility and I consider us to be incredibly lucky to have it on our doorstep. My partner is thrilled he will finally be able to enjoy golf again now the course can re-open, although I think he will find a long queue!
Alexandra Ketchley, Senior Associate
The Riverside Stadium
Having family from Teesside, I’ve followed the Boro since before I moved down to the North East from Scotland – I’ve many fond memories of times spent at the ground with my family and friends. As a firm, Endeavour not only supports its local team but is also a Patron of the MFC Foundation, an amazing community organisation focused on engaging with Teessiders through sport. The halt to the football season has meant we’ve all missed our trips to the stadium, especially those enjoyed with our clients. The results aren’t always the best, but the quality time spent, seeing the passion for the club is great; and when we win, the celebrations are even better!
Natalie Kay, Senior Associate
I’d always been aware of the Hall from growing up in the area however I didn’t really appreciate its full beauty until it gained coverage for its recent refurbishment. Back in 2016 our firm, The Endeavour Partnership, was instructed to work on the legals for the building. The hall has a 300 year history and the current owners had ambitious plans to restore the hall and operate as a venue for special events, as well as providing serviced office space to local businesses. The work has allowed more people to visit the Grade I listed building and experience the stunning exterior and interior features.
Carly Cornell, Associate
As a region, we are well known for our bridges including those made on Teesside and shipped abroad, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and those more iconic to the region like the Transporter Bridge. My favourite however has to be the Infinity Bridge in Stockton. It is within walking distance of our head office and I often enjoy a lunchtime stroll with my colleagues. Whilst working from home, I miss the view from the office and look forward to a time when I can enjoy the peace of the river again.
Lindsey Carter, CILEX Conveyancing Practitioner
The property department and the rest of the specialist legal team at The Endeavour Partnership are fully operational and working from home. As the largest commercial law firm in the Tees Valley, The Endeavour Partnership LLP are experienced in all aspects of business law and are encouraging clients to contact them with any queries they have regarding trading during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Based in the heart of Teesside, employing a 60 strong team, they are recognised for their specialist departments and multiple layers of expertise. The firm offers a genuine focus on commercial legal solutions to provide specialist business support which goes beyond static legal advice, they are committed to producing innovative options for their clients whilst still demonstrating their business-focused thinking.