Work starts to turn former police station into housing development

Launch of new housing at Alexandra Street, Wallsend.'REF 2303151167

Launch of new housing at Alexandra Street, Wallsend.'REF 2303151167

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Work has started on new affordable housing in the heart of Wallsend town centre.

The £4.2m scheme will create 41 properties on the site of the former Wallsend Police Station and Alexandra Street Family Centre on High Street East.

We are proud to be working with North Tyneside on this exciting development

Kier operations director, Jon Rukin

The development will be a mix of 12 two-bedroom houses, 13 three-bedroom houses, 12 two-bedroom apartments and four one-bedroom apartments, complete with landscaping and parking.

Once complete, the properties will be available for rent through North Tyneside Homes.

A council spokesperson said: “This is a milestone project for affordable housing and the regeneration of Wallsend, and we’ve worked closely with the local community to plan this development.”

Kier North Tyneside are working with North Tyneside Council to deliver the project, which is expected to be ready by spring 2016.

Kier operations director, Jon Rukin, said: “We are proud to be working with North Tyneside on this exciting development; it offers an excellent opportunity to use our expertise from across Kier’s divisions to deliver much-needed new affordable homes in the Wallsend district.

“We have worked closely with the council to develop high quality, thermally efficient designs, which recreate the traditional terraces of Wallsend and will provide secure and economical places to live for residents.

“We are also looking forward to delivering further projects within the borough as part of the council’s long-term housing programme.”

The work is part of North Tyneside Council’s ten-year drive to create 3,000 extra, affordable homes across the borough and will also contribute to its ongoing regeneration of Wallsend town centre.

The authority says there are nearly 5,000 individuals or families on their housing waiting list.