Derelict building to be transformed
Funding for internal work to develop a derelict Queen Street building has now been secured, at the same time guaranteeing work for a local building firm.
Amble Development Trust has been granted £93,767 for interior restructuring work on the old Co-op department store. The money will be spent on dividing the existing ground floor space into three separate retail units, and Amble’s DP Builders have won the building contract.
Julia Aston Director of Amble Development Trust said “It’s good to see all the Trust’s hard work has come to fruition. Hopefully it will have a positive impact in Queen Street, rather than the half-shuttered building which was there before. I’d like to thank the funders and everyone who worked so hard in bringing this together. I’d also like to thank the local residents and businesses on Queen Street for their patience and consideration.”
The money has been granted by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), DEFRA and One NorthEast and funding was facilitated by Northumberland County Council.
The designers are Jane Darbyshire David Kendall from Newcastle and the interior refurbishment work will be carried out by Amble firm DP Builders. Work will begin immediately.
A grant to improve the exterior of the building was awarded last year, with money awarded from English Heritage and Northumberland County Council’s CAPS scheme. Work began on the shopfront in January.
For more information on the retail units, please contact Julia Aston at Amble Development Trust; 01665 712929 firstname.lastname@example.org