New chapter for library as work starts turning it into apartments

Coast Road Library at Billy Mill, North Shields.'REF 1005145726
Coast Road Library at Billy Mill, North Shields.'REF 1005145726

A new chapter has begun for a former borough library.

Work has begun on converting the former Coast Road Library site in North Shields into housing.

The empty building will be transformed into two one-bedroom apartments scheduled to be ready by September and available to rent through North Tyneside Homes.

The work will involve the installation of new partition walls, plus new windows to allow more light in.

A new fascia for the front of the former library will change the external appearance of the building and provide two new front entrances.

The properties will also benefit from acoustic insulation, level access showers and modern kitchen units.

The work is being carried out by Kier North Tyneside.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing, said: “This is a great example of how we’re making the best use of our resources to create much-needed extra homes.

“Demand is high for affordable and decent homes in North Tyneside, especially for families, vulnerable residents and those on low incomes, and we need to create hundreds of additional homes each year just to keep up with this demand.

“That’s why we’re making affordable homes a priority; providing the homes that people need, in the places that they need them, at a price they can afford.”

Kier North Tyneside director, Mike Furze, said: “We are delighted to be involved in another project that contributes to the delivery of North Tyneside Council’s affordable homes programme, which will benefit local residents for years to come.

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