Buyer for land which was home to Stockton's 'eyesore' Billingham House

Billingham House
Image caption Before its demolition in 2012, Billingham House had stood derelict

A derelict site in Teesside is a step closer to being brought back into use.

Land which had been home to the ICI headquarters in Billingham has been bought by neighbouring Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies.

Stockton Council welcomed the move, which comes after the authority took action in 2012 to demolish the "eyesore" building that occupied the site.

Billingham House, on Belasis Avenue, had become a target for vandals.

Seimi Satake, of Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, said the acquisition would enable to it expand its operation as its existing facilities on the other side of Belasis Avenue were "landlocked".

Stockton Council leader Bob Cook described it as "encouraging news".

He said: "Local residents and businesses had to endure the eyesore that was Billingham House for several years and this was compounded by the fact the owners of the site did absolutely nothing to prevent it from falling into dereliction."

ICI vacated Billingham House in 1995 and it was bought by Bizzy B Management Ltd in 2000.

The council took control of the building in 2010 and, following a legal fight, demolished it.

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