Hartlepool centre set for boost as £4million development takes shape

Coun Carl Richardson, centre, chair of the council's adult services committee at the site with Coun Jim Ainslie, left, and Coun Paul Beck, right, vice-chair of the adult services committee.
Coun Carl Richardson, centre, chair of the council's adult services committee at the site with Coun Jim Ainslie, left, and Coun Paul Beck, right, vice-chair of the adult services committee.
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A new £4million centre to help those with disabilities is taking shape in Hartlepool.

The development will also provide services for the community, and aims to provide the Centre for Independent Living (CIL) on the site of the current Havelock Centre in the Burbank area of town.

Despite the severe financial constraints being imposed on the council, we are still managing to secure investment in services and facilities by being creative and innovative

Coun Carl Richardson

It is being driven by Hartlepool Council, and would result in services at the Havelock Centre and the Warren Road facility at Oakesway transferring into the new building in September 2016.

Coun Carl Richardson, the council’s chair of adult services committee, said: “Despite the severe financial constraints being imposed on the council, we are still managing to secure investment in services and facilities by being creative and innovative.

“The new facility will provide the very best services for people in our town with disabilities, along with vital other facilities for the local community.

“As part of the first phase, drainage, foundation work and the steel framework are all complete and the concrete flooring work is under way.”

In the new year, work will begin on external brickwork and the roof which will be followed by interior work.

Coun Jim Ainslie, a local councillor for the area, said: “I am really excited by this development as it will result in state-of-the-art facilities for the people of our town.

“Staff and service users are hugely enthusiastic about the new building and the added benefits it will bring for people with disabilities and the local community.”

Hartlepool Council’s building design and construction section is the main contractor for the development, while Gus Robinson Developments is doing some of the sub-contract work.