Construction firm begins work on £1.3 million Northumberland scheme

Surgo Construction has started work on a £1.3m mixed-use development in Northumberland.

As part of the ongoing regeneration planned for Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and to add “much-needed” retail space and new homes to the area, development company Arch is constructing a 9,380 sq ft building on the site of the former Railway Inn and The New Dolphin pubs.

The three-storey scheme will comprise three 1,500 sqft retail units at ground floor level and eight two-bedroom apartments on the upper levels.

Councillor Dave Ledger, chairman of Arch, said: “This latest mixed-use scheme is really positive for the town of Newbiggin.

“The creation of the apartments by Arch Homes, new public amenities and the commercial premises in the town will help regenerate the seaside town, boosting the local economy and supporting the tourism industry.

“We look forward to the project completion this summer and the benefits it will bring to Newbiggin.”

Jeff Charlton, construction director at Surgo, added: “Towards the end of another busy year we were delighted to hear the news that we had been awarded this latest contract and presented with an opportunity to work on Arch’s behalf, as it continues to deliver interesting and much-needed new developments throughout the county.

“Living locally as I do, it is refreshing to see such development and investment taking place in Newbiggin.

“From the outset we have and will continue to work very closely not only with Arch and its stakeholders but also local residents and businesses, to ensure that our presence on site is as unintrusive as possible and causes minimum disruption.”