Hartlepool’s ‘Pink Pill’ reopens after massive revamp

Titan House, 13 Groups new offices in the centre of Hartlepool, was officially  opened  by the town's MP Iain Wright. He is pictured with Deputy Chief Exec Cath Purdy.  Picture by Doug Moody Photography
Titan House, 13 Groups new offices in the centre of Hartlepool, was officially opened by the town's MP Iain Wright. He is pictured with Deputy Chief Exec Cath Purdy. Picture by Doug Moody Photography

A LANDMARK town centre building has reopened after a major refurbishment.

Previously known as ‘The Pink Pill’ for its striking colour, Titan House on York Road now has a fresh new look after being taken over by Housing Hartlepool.

It has renovated the 49 flats – affordable homes of various sizes - and turned the empty row of shops on the ground floor into a one-stop shop for customers of all the partners in the Thirteen Group, including Housing Hartlepool and Tees Valley Housing.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright, who officially unveiled the new look, said: “Titan House has been given a new lease of life and now provides services to tenants, high-quality office space and improved accommodation.

“Housing Hartlepool’s transformation of a neglected building at the heart of our town has boosted the look of our town centre whilst at the same time improved access to services.”

Dave Pickard, Group Director of Operations at Thirteen Group, said: “Our extensive work at Titan House was much more than just changing its colour. It was about offering a much better standard of accommodation and a central location where we can meet our tenants and offer any help and guidance they may need.”

The redesign was led by Dave Butler, who was born and brought up in Hartlepool and now works with Thirteen’s architecture department.

Dave said: “It was a proud day when I got the chance to give the town the building it deserves.

“I think it improves that corner of Hartlepool town centre, which should help the neighbouring businesses.”