The foundations have been laid to build new homes on a former pub in North Shields.
Work is under way to transform land, including the site of the former Brigg public house in Blandford Road, into a 32-home affordable housing development.
The scheme, which is being delivered by Galliford Try Partnerships North and supported by North Tyneside Council, will offer a mix of property types including family homes, one and two-bed bungalows and one and two-bed apartments.
The Blandford Road scheme, which should be ready to occupy by October this year, has been designed in consultation with the community to match local housing requirements and includes open spaces and landscaping as well as the housing.
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing, said: “Demand for affordable housing continues to increase, particularly for bungalows, single-bed properties and affordable family homes.
“We have worked closely with the local community to plan this scheme, to make sure we’re putting the right homes in the right places.
“This development will offer the kinds of homes that we know local people need, at a cost that is affordable.”
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We’re delighted to be working with Galliford Try on this key housing project in the heart of North Shields to provide exactly the kind of the homes we really need.”
Kevin Hayes, commercial director at Galliford Try Partnerships North, added: “Working with the region’s affordable housing providers is becoming an increasing part of our business – which is something we very much welcome.
“We are delighted to be working with North Tyneside Council on an initiative to improve the quality and choice of affordable homes and to improve the built environment in the area.”
The development is set to offer six two-bedroom bungalows; two three-bedroom accessible bungalows; eight two-bedroom houses and two three-bedroom houses.
In addition, an apartment block of 14 units will be a mix of one and two-bedroom homes.
Almost half of the new homes will have level access shower rooms and the site will also provide for 50 designated parking spaces.
The work is part of the council’s drive to create at least 3,000 affordable homes across the borough over ten years.