Topping out at new homes

The tallest point in the construction of new council homes will be reached this week as the former Wallsend Boys’ Club site is developed.

Mayor Norma Redfern and Coun John Harrison will join Kier North Tyneside staff at a ‘topping out’ ceremony on Friday to celebrate reaching the tallest point in the construction of the first new build council housing in North Tyneside for 24 years.

Twelve new homes are currently under construction on the site of the former club in Station Road with work being carried out by the council’s joint venture partner Kier.

The development is made up of six two-bedroom bungalows, three two-bedroom apartments and three one bedroom apartments, with £1.1m in investment.

The proposed completion date for the development is next month.

Kier regional director Mike Furze said: “We are proud to be part of a project that will benefit the council and local residents for years to come.

“By working in partnership with our colleagues at North Tyneside Council we believe we will make a real difference in improving the quality of housing for people across the region.”

The old Wallsend Boys’ Club site was knocked down in March 2012 and the club reloacated to new premises in Bigges Lane in the town.

The last council homes built in North Tyneside were at Fern Dene in Wallsend back in 1989.