Regeneration efforts in Newbiggin by the Sea are gathering a pace following the announcement of a £1m investment in new council offices.
Arch, the Northumberland Development Company, is investing £1m in a new landmark building that will house a raft of council services as well as residential flats.
Arch is working in partnership with Northumberland County Council to develop the site on Newbiggin’s Front Street, currently occupied by two pubs – the Railway Inn and New Dolphin.
The ground floor of the planned development will house the council’s library services, along with an office occupied by Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Town Council, which has also made a contribution to the project.
The new library will replace the current facility on Gibson Street, helping to support the local economy with an anticipated increase in footfall.
It will also provide modern and accessible public conveniences, which local business and residents deem to be a much needed asset to help support the tourism offer.
Upper floors will accommodate eight new two-bedroom apartments available to rent from Arch, most of which will offer sea views over the bay.
The development continues previous regeneration in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, such as the bay replenishment project, installation of The Couple, the Maritime Centre, shopfront and public realm improvements and most recently the Portas Pilot Town Team.
A planning application has been submitted this month, subject to approval it is anticipated that construction would commence later this year with completion date of winter 2015.
Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council: “This building is an exciting development which will benefit Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.
“The range of facilities proposed in the new building closely reflect what local people told us they wanted and house superb new services including a new library, providing a modern learning and reading environment for local people.
“There has been a real revival in Newbiggin in the past few years, and we see the new development as completing the picture.”