Old Station House gets lease of life

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AN HISTORICAL building in Wallsend has been given a new lease of life.

The former Station House, next to Segedunum Business Centre in Buddle Street, has been brought back into beneficial use following a part-refurbishment.

Known as the Old Station House, it had previously served as the station master’s home and has links with the former Riverside Branch Railway.

Following the closure of the railway in the early 1970s the property was converted from residential use to offices for business use.

It was used by a number of short-term commercial occupants.

Now the North East Child Care Training and Assessment Centre will be using the building to run a variety of training courses after relocating from Ashington.

But the building will be managed by North Tyneside Council on behalf of the Tyne and Wear Development Company.

Sharon Major, company director of the North East Child Care Training and Assessment Centre, said: “The building is fantastic.

“It’s great that we have been able to give it a new breath of life with the support of the council and the Tyne and Wear Development Company.

“Moving to Wallsend has enabled the company to be much closer to our main client base.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed the refurbishment, albeit hectic at times.”

The centre is in the process of upgrading the interior of the building which coincides with the installation of new uPVC windows and an entrance commissioned by the Tyne and Wear Development Company.