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Historic Middlesbrough foundry dating back more than 160 years is up for sale

Historic Middlesbrough foundry dating back more than 160 years is up for sale

An historic Middlesbrough foundry which has been operating for more than 160 years is up for sale.

The William Lane Foundry in Middlesbrough dates back to 1862 and is the only surviving one of its kind in the town. Now the Forty Foot Road-based premises are up for sale, with owners hoping to see the site’s industrial heritage continue.

One of the last survivors of Teesside’s heavy manufacturing era, the foundry boasts a range of major international, cultural sector and heritage organisation customers across the decades. This has included components for the Teesside steel industry, making parts for the iconic Tees Transporter Bridge, bespoke castings for Beamish Museum and and production of Middlesbrough’s blue plaque scheme.

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Specialists in metal working and sandcasting, the work of the foundry has featured on a number of national TV programmes, including a recent visit by Chris Kamara and filming for Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo with the presenter helping make a casting for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The sale comes at a time of extensive regeneration and new industrial developments along the banks of the River Tees and provides an opportunity for the new owner to be well-positioned to be part of these developments.

Co-owner of the foundry, Stuart Duffy, with Michael Portillo during filming for Great British Railway Journeys(Image: UGC)

Co-owner Stuart Duffy said: “I have worked at William Lane Foundry since I was a teenager and it has been fantastic to work at the foundry and support the manufacturing heritage of the area through our work with such a wide range of customers.

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  • June 25, 2023