TYNEMOUTH MP Alan Campbell got his hands dirty at a topping-out to mark the completion of an office building set to accommodate more than 700 workers.
Mr Campbell planted a Japanese maple, the first of 75 trees that will surround the newest building at Cobalt Park in North Shields.
He said: “Cobalt is a world-class office park. The international occupiers that have chosen North Tyneside as home – such as Procter and Gamble, Orange, G4S and Santander – are testament to the high-quality buildings on offer, combined with an excellent workforce and unbeatable financial package.
“By bringing high-calibre businesses to the region, Cobalt Park is already responsible for the generation of more than 10,000 jobs, which are clearly welcome on Tyneside.
“In addition to this, the buildings have been designed very much with current pressures on balance sheets in mind.
“The environmental measures incorporated in this new building bring savings of as much as 50 per cent in energy costs, which is a significant factor in choosing a new building for potential occupiers.”
The five-storey, 63,000sq ft office block is one of a new generation of energy-efficient buildings in the Cobalt South development.
More than 10,000 staff work at Cobalt Business Park, and on its completion, more than 18,000 people will be based there.