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A successful Teesside-based dental clinic is celebrating the opening of new additional premises at Billingham Town Centre, which is owned and managed by St. Modwen.

Queensway Dental Clinic was first set up in the Town Centre in 1968 with Paul Averley and partners taking ownership in 1994. Following significant growth over the years, the local business has recently commissioned its new surgery and dental laboratory space to cater for increased demand from patients throughout the North East and the UK.

The clinic now boasts a 100-strong team with 22 surgeries and a specialist oral surgery and orthodontic service, and all based at Billingham Town Centre. Benefitting from a flexible approach to lettings, and Billingham’s excellent transport links to Yorkshire and the North East, the clinic has grown to be one of the largest single-site dental care facilities in the whole of the UK.

Paul Averley, Managing Partner at Queensway Dental Clinic, said: “We first decided to invest in Billingham Town Centre 22 years ago and we haven’t looked back since. As our business has grown, so has our need for space, and St. Modwen has been able to accommodate our demands. In addition, many of our employees are based in the surrounding area and we have been lucky that we have been able to expand our services whilst keeping our business together in our original home.”

Richard Elliott, Managing Director of Queensway Dental Laboratory, said: “The creation of the clinical dental laboratory has given our team a bespoke area to work from when managing complex dental cases for patients at Queensway. Key members of our laboratory are now able to go on to complete additional training to facilitate the range of services we are able to offer from this space.”

Rob Richardson, Asset and Development Manager at St. Modwen, said: “Queensway Dental Clinic is an important asset to Billingham Town Centre and not only does it employ a highly skilled team but it draws more than 150,000 people to the town from across the region each year. We are thrilled that we have been able to accommodate their further expansion and look forward to working with their team to maintain their growth plans. We are committed to further investment in the Town Centre to create a vibrant place to shop, relax and live, but this particular success story is testament to how a local business can thrive in the right location.”

Councillor Nigel Cooke, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “This is more great news for Billingham and yet another sign of business confidence in the town. The town centre really is going from strength to strength.  The recent physical improvements to the paving, lighting and street furniture have made it a much more welcoming place to be and it’s fantastic to see new retailers like Aldi choosing to establish themselves in Billingham Town Centre alongside the growth of existing businesses like the Queensway Dental Clinic.”

St. Modwen is currently preparing plans to continue the revitalisation of the Town Centre in order to create a modern and attractive retail and business environment. This follows recent work to upgrade public facilities in the Town Centre, including new lighting, street furniture and paving which has been completed in partnership with Stockton on Tees Borough Council.