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The Tees Valley

 ESA apartments are located in three favoured centres across the Tees Valley – Yarm, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool Marina. This distinctive and diverse area, labelled ‘the most exciting, beautiful and friendly region in England’ (Lonely Planet) nestles between North Yorkshire and County Durham and borders on the North Sea.  With a population of around 660,000, it is made up of five local authorities – Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington and Redcar & Cleveland.

Characterised by its industrial heritage, rugged coastline and beaches, inspiring moorland and threaded by the River Tees, here you’ll find yourself in a diverse and exciting place to live, explore and work.


Excellent links put you within an hour’s drive time of Newcastle, Leeds and York.  The A19 rapidly connects with the A1 (M) and the national motorway network. From Darlington Station, the East Coast Mainline takes you to London in two and a half hours. From Durham Tees Valley Airport, frequent services fly you to Amsterdam and thence to the rest of Europe and the world. Teesport is the third largest port in the UK and amongst the ten biggest in Europe.

Culture and Learning

Attractions vary from mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) to the traditional Head of Steam rail museum at Darlington to the flagship Maritime Experience at Hartlepool.  The Tees Valley has an impressive research and knowledge base in the form of two universities – Queen’s Campus of prestigious Durham University and Teesside University at Middlesbrough with over 25,00 students and a world reputation for digital technology.

Business & Industry

Tees Valley is a world renowned, long established industrial centre. Ever evolving, it has the resources of skills and capital to meet the needs of modern industry, retaining a reputation for delivering large scale projects. While industrial sites remain a key strength, there has been significant growth in a variety of sectors:

  • Advanced manufacturing and engineering
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemicals and processing
  • Creative and digital
  • Logistics
  • Renewable energy
  • Offshore oil and gas.


Tees Valley’s wealth of attractions make it the ideal place to stay and do business.  The area is home to some of the most attractive villages and market towns in the country, offering vibrant high streets, quality eateries and good old fashioned pubs. Some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery is on our doorstep. In less than 20 minutes from bustling big town centres you will be hiking on moorland trails, mountain biking in forests, surfing off sandy beaches or white water rafting.