The boss of a construction company has hailed the vision of plans to revamp Hartlepool’s Church Street area in a £3.4 million project.
Kevin Byrne, managing director of town firm Seymour Civil Engineering, described the work to support a new creative industry hub as imaginative and exciting.
Seymour are the lead contractor of the Hartlepool Borough Council project to breathe new life into Church Square and Church Street.
Work starts on Monday, October 30, when Church Street will be closed to through traffic for 30 weeks.
Church Square will be pedestrianised as part of a facelift. An oval-shaped events space around Christchurch will be created and get new trees and seating.
In Church Street, works will focus on making it more open and pedestrian friendly by widening the pavement at the bottom of the street near the new art college building.
Mr Byrne said: “We are very pleased to be involved in this project.
“I think turning the original commercial area of Hartlepool into a 21st century arts hub is very refreshing and it will be a real focal point for the town, especially when it links to all the developments expected to be taking place over the next few years on the marina.”
The work is being funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, Heritage Lottery Fund and council.
A number of trees on Church Street will be replaced with smaller ones that do not obscure the buildings so much. Unnecessary street signs and bollards will also be removed.
Engraved stones will be fixed into the pavement outside certain buildings explaining their history.
Councillor Kevin Cranney, chair of regeneration on the council, added: “The area was becoming a bit dishevelled and untidy.
“We are creating areas where young people can congregate more and take pride in the area and also promote new businesses.”