Work set to start on £1.3m project

Work to build new business units and houses on the site of two former pubs are set to '˜move forward at pace' after contractors were appointed.

Saturday, 26th November 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 9:26 am
Site of the former pubs The Railway Inn and The New Dolphin, Front Street, Newbiggin

Northumberland development company Arch has appointed Surgo Construction Ltd to carry out the redevelopment of the derelict land in Newbiggin.

The £1.3million project, which has been supported by Newbiggin Town Council, saw the former Railway Inn and New Dolphin pubs demolished as part of the regeneration of the town.

Now the land in Front Street will be turned into a mix of commercial businesses and eight new appointments.

Surgo will start on site in January with a completion date of autumn 2017.

Coun Liz Simpson, local county councillor and deputy business chairman at Northumberland County Council, said: “This building is an exciting development which will benefit the people of Newbiggin.

“The development will house a mix of new commercial businesses, eight new apartments to rent, and modern and accessible public conveniences so supporting the increased visitor numbers to the town. The building has been supported by the Town Council who will have a permanent high street presence upon its completion.

“We’re lucky that we have Arch working to increase opportunities for investment in our town and it’s my job to make sure that resident’s aspirations are listened to. The job is to build on these schemes and encourage even more investment.”

“That means new jobs and opportunities for Newbiggin. We’re serious about Newbiggin and over £5m in planned or actual investments shows that we’re starting to get results.”

After successfully gaining planning consent in November 2015 the derelict public house buildings were demolished.

Following demolition, further site investigation work was required to establish the ground conditions leading to a requirement for more design input.

The site was originally planned to be the home for library services in Newbiggin, however this has relocated into the town’s sports and community centre protecting both essential services.