A former Jarrow club is set to be turned into a housing complex for the over 55s.
The site of the former Tunnel ex-servicemen’s club on North Street will become a 47 home complex close to the centre of the town.
The independent, not-for-profit housing company, South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, is working in partnership with construction firm Galliford Try Partnerships North, to deliver the scheme.
Brian Scott, company secretary of the Ventures Trust, said: “The development was given the go-ahead by South Tyneside Council’s Planning Committee in February. The apartment block will consist of one and two bedroomed apartments that are self-contained, with their own front door, a kitchen, gas fired central heating and living area. A communal area on the ground floor will add to the atmosphere of a friendly, safe location to live.”
Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport, said: “It’s great to see construction get underway. The number of older households in the Borough continues to grow and schemes such as this are providing the much-needed quality of housing that older residents want and which helps to build sustainable communities.”
The site is overlooks open green space across Ferry Street. The building will be on two and four storeys and constructed in brick with areas of render, plus it will have a traditional pitched timber framed roof with tiles to provide a classic look, blending with the surrounding development.
A car park, for residents and visitors, will be located off Ormonde Road. A private garden with seating areas will be constructed to the East of the apartments for residents to use.
Stephen McCoy, managing director with Galliford Try Partnerships North, added: “Working with regional housing providers to improve the choice and quality of property available to local communities is at the heart of our business. We are delighted to be working with the ventures trust.”
The project is benefiting from £1m grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Homes Programme and is scheduled for completion in October 2016.