Luxury future in store for old Co-op

A department store on Teesside is to be transformed into 50 luxury flats in a £4.5m project.

A department store on Teesside is to be transformed into 50 luxury flats in a £4.5m project.

Work is going ahead on the former Co-op Department Store in Hartlepool, a Grade II-listed building, now planning permission has been granted.

The first show home is due to be open this summer and already 25 apartments are sold.

Park Tower boasts spectacular sea views on the upper floors and is at the southern edge of the town centre at the Park Road and Stockton Street junction. For years, it has been derelict, though the ground floor was a nightclub in the 90s.

The makeover will transform the site into a series of open-plan apartments, with fully equipped kitchens, high ceilings and a secure door-entry system.

Architects Dewjo'c were appointed by developer Tony Collins to design the one and two- bedroom apartments aimed at young professionals and priced at £86,000-£200,000. Phil Newbold, the Dewjo'c Associate 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 environment and add to the regeneration of the area, but will also bring in young professionals."

Middlesbrough-based developer Tony Collins said: "This building is without exception one of the finest in the town and very well known to the residents of Hartlepool. Many people remember shopping and working there and I am delighted to be bringing this landmark building back into use."

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