Empty town centre office block to be transformed into flats

The Advertiser Series: WORK BEGINS: Coast and Country’s lesley Conroy with site workmen at Regent House WORK BEGINS: Coast and Country’s lesley Conroy with site workmen at Regent House

WORK has started to transform an empty office block in Darlington town centre into affordable apartments.

Regent House, on Commercial Street, will be converted into 47 one-bedroom flats following a major refurbishment, which will include new walls to divide the units, complete rewiring, plumbing and joinery to create new kitchens and bathrooms.

The flats will also be freshly decorated and carpeted.

The completed project, expected to be ready for occupation in Spring 2015, will provide high quality, affordable homes for local people.

It is part of developer Coast and Country Housing’s Empty Homes project, working in partnership with Darlington Borough Council.

Funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, the Empty Homes scheme aims to address the issue of long-term empty homes whilst providing training, volunteering and work opportunities.

Apprentices and trainees who participate in the project benefit from training and development, helping them to gain skills which lead to meaningful employment.

Iain Sim, chief executive of Coast and Country Housing said: “It is very exciting to see work commence on this major project for Coast and Country.

“The partnership with Darlington Council will bring Regent House back to life and the project also will offer work and training opportunities to help the individuals involved to learn new skills to help improve their employability.”

Councillor Veronica Copeland, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for adult social care and housing, added: “I welcome the start of this project.

“There is a strong demand for one bedroom properties in Darlington and the refurbishment of Regent House will enable the council to meet this need.

“Working with Coast and Country enables us to bring back into use an empty building and offer local people modern accommodation in a central location close to shops and workplaces.”

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1:38pm Mon 18 Aug 14

charliebrown1 says...

who would want to live there. id hate to open the curtains to the views in that area
who would want to live there. id hate to open the curtains to the views in that area charliebrown1
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2:13pm Mon 18 Aug 14

grandmab says...

While I agree with charliebrown I think the ability to walk to shops clubs , job centre etc. might outweigh the poor ambiance. The fact that this eyesore is being put to good use is a welcome change from ripping up the green belt.
While I agree with charliebrown I think the ability to walk to shops clubs , job centre etc. might outweigh the poor ambiance. The fact that this eyesore is being put to good use is a welcome change from ripping up the green belt. grandmab
  • Score: 24

2:20pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Bill_Teesside says...

At a time when most councils are trying to rid there areas of high rise tenaments, What does Darlington do invest in a new 1
10 years behind the times this council seems to be
This form of habitation is nothing but a blight on the area and on the people who will have to live there
There are plenty of brown field sites within this borough where good affordable homes can be built instead of a turning a relic of an office block into a future cesspit of antisocial behavour which inevitably they all do
At a time when most councils are trying to rid there areas of high rise tenaments, What does Darlington do invest in a new 1 10 years behind the times this council seems to be This form of habitation is nothing but a blight on the area and on the people who will have to live there There are plenty of brown field sites within this borough where good affordable homes can be built instead of a turning a relic of an office block into a future cesspit of antisocial behavour which inevitably they all do Bill_Teesside
  • Score: -7

5:18pm Mon 18 Aug 14

stevegg says...

At least the DSS office is across the road, so wont be far for the drug addicts to go and get our money/sign on, then its just round the corner and into the pub to spend it and get their next fix, then they can shop lift all day long before returning home - all without leaving the town centre! How kind of Darlington council!!
At least the DSS office is across the road, so wont be far for the drug addicts to go and get our money/sign on, then its just round the corner and into the pub to spend it and get their next fix, then they can shop lift all day long before returning home - all without leaving the town centre! How kind of Darlington council!! stevegg
  • Score: 18

8:13pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Spy Boy says...

While two hundred yards away Darlington Council are building a hugely expensive new office block for the D of E. Typical.

As I've said before, I feel that this is a back door way of getting Bill and Ada some brand new office space for new executive suites when the D of E move out in a few years time.
While two hundred yards away Darlington Council are building a hugely expensive new office block for the D of E. Typical. As I've said before, I feel that this is a back door way of getting Bill and Ada some brand new office space for new executive suites when the D of E move out in a few years time. Spy Boy
  • Score: -3

8:22pm Mon 18 Aug 14

JustAnotherBrickInTheWall says...

It's going to be a pure cash in on other peoples misery.

It'll be temporary accommodation to get people off the streets, a cheap let for unscrupulous landlords letting to vulnerable people on DSS taking full whack via DSS.

I hope no older people are pushed into downsizing to one of these, it'll be those who end up worse off.
It's going to be a pure cash in on other peoples misery. It'll be temporary accommodation to get people off the streets, a cheap let for unscrupulous landlords letting to vulnerable people on DSS taking full whack via DSS. I hope no older people are pushed into downsizing to one of these, it'll be those who end up worse off. JustAnotherBrickInTheWall
  • Score: -3

5:31am Wed 20 Aug 14

SirLance says...

Looks like Darlington will be getting a downsized 'Bessemer Park' that Spennymoor folk are so proud of!!
Looks like Darlington will be getting a downsized 'Bessemer Park' that Spennymoor folk are so proud of!! SirLance
  • Score: -1

8:11pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Push it along says...

Flats or doss flats , that is the question , close to the town centre, might not attract , further investments ? Could be just another extension of the northgate shanty town spreading its wings
Flats or doss flats , that is the question , close to the town centre, might not attract , further investments ? Could be just another extension of the northgate shanty town spreading its wings Push it along
  • Score: 1

9:32pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Counterview says...

Plenty of complaints above with no positive alternative suggestions. This area used to be full of houses. What else is the council supposed to do? Leave it derelict? Another nightclub? More car parking? Please don't anyone suggest more shops.
Plenty of complaints above with no positive alternative suggestions. This area used to be full of houses. What else is the council supposed to do? Leave it derelict? Another nightclub? More car parking? Please don't anyone suggest more shops. Counterview
  • Score: 0

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