DURING the last few years, Teesside has undergone a radical revamp as regeneration plans begin to transform the area into a major centre for new and emerging industries.

From arts and culture to major changes in residential and commercial properties, the area is certainly changing.

From arts and culture to major changes in residential and commercial properties, the area is certainly changing.

One such initiative supporting this regeneration, is a £4m project designed by North-east east architect Dewjo’c which will see a former Teesside department store transformed into 50 luxury apartments, with the first show home opening this summer.

The former Co-op is a Grade II listed building. Permission has been granted by Hartlepool Council to convert this landmark building into luxury one and two bedroom apartments, with car parking on the ground floor and basement levels. Now the transformation is underway with 25 apartments already sold.

Park Tower boasts spectacular sea views on the upper floors and is positioned on the southern edge of the town centre at the junction of Park Road and Stockton Street.

It has been derelict for many years although the ground floor was used as a night-club in the 1990s.

The £4.5m makeover will transform the site into a series of open-plan apartments, all fitted out to a high standard with fully equipped kitchens, chrome fittings, high ceilings and a secure door-entry system.

Dewjo’c was appointed by developer Tony Collins to design the one and two bedroom apartments aimed at young professionals and priced between £86,000 and £200,000. About 22 of the flats were sold in just three days of going on sale, before work on the year-long project had even begun.

Phil Newbold, the Dewjo’c associate who is overseeing the project, said: “We have considerable experience in the conversion and restoration of historical buildings but we wanted to make these apartments modern and smart to attract younger professionals to the area.

“Park Tower is a beautiful, grand building and it is very rewarding to work on a project that will not only enhance the local environment and add to the regeneration of the area, it will also bring young professionals to the area.”

Middlesbrough-based developer Tony Collins said that the grandeur of the building and its prominent position prompted the decision to transform it into exclusive flats.

He said: “This building is without exception one of the finest in the town and very well known to the residents of Hartlepool.

“Dewjo’c has done an exceptional job converting this unique building and it is exciting to see the transformation happening step by step. “Many people remember shopping and working there and I am delighted to be bringing this landmark building back into use.”

The building is due for completion in November.

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