Councillors have praised work on a new centre dedicated to supporting disabled people in Hartlepool.
The new Centre for Independent Living (CIL) is being built by Hartlepool Borough Council in Burbank Street and will replace the Havelock Centre and Warren Road buildings to improve services for adults with learning and physical disabilities.
Helping not just people with disabilities but also the area as a wholeCouncillor Carl Richardson
It is due to open in September next year.
Councillor Carl Richardson, chairman of the council’s Adult Services Committee, said: “This is an exciting development. There has been a lot of consultation with service users and that has to continue as it is built.
“It is going to be helping not just people with disabilities but also the area as a whole.”
The new building will include hydrotherapy, an autism relaxation suite, art studio, bistro, sensory garden and accommodation for a team of 43 health and social care staff.
It will support around 120 users, many with multiple and complex disabilities, with a focus on supporting them to be as independent as possible.
It will also promote good health and provide access to training, employment and other opportunities.
Ward councillor Jim Ainslie said: “The measure of a civilised society is how it treats its most disadvantaged and vulnerable citizens and this is an example of how Hartlepool is leading the way.”