Housing association to convert empty Georgian offices into new homes
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Housing association to convert Georgian offices into new homes
One of the country's largest housing associations is converting empty offices in North Tyneside - last used seven years ago - into 24 affordable rented homes.
Home Group - which manages over 50,000 homes - is transforming the four empty Georgian properties in North Shields, with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) contributing £328,000 towards the transformation.
Home Group’s director of development Ian Tallentire (pictured left) showed the work to North Tyneside Mayor Linda Arkley (centre) and Bill Carr, area manager at the HCA.
The scheme, which the Tyneside-based housing association has been planning in close partnership with North Tyneside Council, will be the first step in reinvigorating the Northumberland Square area through mixed residential and business use.
Retail expert Mary Portas recommended to Government last year that plans to revitalise Britain’s high streets should include housing and that different agencies need to work together to improve town planning.
Mr Tallentire said: “Home Group is delighted to be transforming these buildings from an unused resource into what will become affordable rented accommodation for local people.
“Converting these buildings into residential premises will help reinvigorate the area as the eventual tenants will support local services and businesses.
“We’re pleased to have worked so closely with North Tyneside Council and the HCA on what we hope will be the first stage of regeneration.”
Home Group will work to return the listed exterior of the buildings to their former Georgian "grandeur" while the interiors will undergo a transformation to create three one bedroom flats and 21 two bedroom flats. The plans have been agreed with English Heritage and conservation officers.
Mrs Arkley said: “I am delighted that these former council offices can be returned to their original use - as homes for local people in the local community.
“The partnership working between the Home Group and North Tyneside Council, will not only provide much needed homes for rent in the town but can contribute to the regeneration plans to revive the heart of the town centre.”
Bill Carr, area manager at the HCA, said: “This is the first development in the North East funded by the Affordable Homes Programme and Home Group has shown real imagination in providing homes local people want at a price they can afford whilst keeping the character of these beautiful buildings.”