WORK is nearing completion on new Whitley Bay Customer First Centre.
Officials involved in the facility, located in York Road behind the old Coliseum building in Whitley Bay town centre, have been given a first hand look at the progress being made on the site.
The joint service centre – which will feature a new library and a variety of other local community services under one roof – is on schedule to hit its spring 2013 opening date.
The £5.62m project is being delivered by Newcastle and North Tyneside Lift Co – a partnership between North Tyneside Primary Care Trust and North Tyneside Council – with private sector developers Robertson and Community Health Partnership.
Representatives were given a guided tour of the building, seeing first hand the work so far.
Mayor Linda Arkley said: “This is a big investment for Whitley Bay so I’m delighted that the project is advancing well and right on schedule to open this spring.
“The fact it will offer a host of services will bring more footfall into the town centre, which can only benefit local businesses.”
Andy McLeod, regional managing director for Robertson, said: We really hit the ground running in February and are now in the process of completing the internal fit out, putting us on schedule to hand over the building as planned in spring 2013.”
Russell Taylor, operations director at NNT LIFT Co Ltd, said: “The building is really taking shape and the finished product will hopefully be something that the local community can be proud of.”
The centre will include a customer services advice suite; a self-contained primary health care service suite; a Northumbria Police drop-in facility; Age UK information and advice; tourist information centre; community rooms for hire; a self service cash payment kiosk plus tea and coffee facilities. The library will be split over two floors.