Civic leaders and users of a new £4million centre for disabled people visited the site to see how work is progressing.
Work is underway on the new Centre for Independent Living, in Burbank Street, Hartlepool.
This facility will provide the very best services for people in our town with disabilities along with vital other facilities for the local communityCouncillor Carl Richardson
The new state-of-the-art building will bring together services currently based at Warren Road and the Havelock Centre under one roof.
Hartlepool Borough Council is leading the project due for completion in September next year.
It will also serve the wider community.
Councillor Carl Richardson, chair of the council’s Adult Services Committee and authority Chief Executive, Gill Alexander, joined ward councillors, council officers and service staff and users at the new site yesterday.
Coun Richardson, 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.
“There’s no doubt that this facility will provide the very best services for people in our town with disabilities along with vital other facilities for the local community.”
Gill Alexander added: “This building demonstrates our commitment to improving services for people with disabilities as well as providing a much needed boost to the local economy in Hartlepool.”
Parents of the current facilities gave the project the thumbs up.
Harry Peek, 73, whose son Neal, who has learning disabilities and uses Warren Road, said: “I’m delighted that work has started. I think the new building with everything under one roof is a good idea.
“The buildings they use now are old and take a lot of maintenance.”
The council’s in-house building design and construction section is the development’s main contractor.
Town firm Gus Robinson Developments is one of the sub-contractors.
Managing director Steve Bell said: “We are working very closely with Hartlepool Borough Council on this scheme, and we are delighted to be involved as it is a prestigious development.”
The council assures both service users and local residents will be kept fully informed during the development work.