Surgo Construction has been selected as the contractor for phase two of the £1.5million project for the Centre for Innovation (CFI) at Swans, Wallsend.

North Tyneside Council has chosen Surgo to develop the vacant upper three floors of the building seeing them transformed to meet demand from the offshore and energy subsea sectors.

The work will provide an additional 940 square metres of refurbished office and meeting room accommodation, creating flexible space for up to 10 businesses, the development of a new car park and the reconfiguration of the reception area.

Surgo Construction’s director, Jeff Alexander, added: “We are delighted to be working on behalf of North Tyneside Council, as it continues with its ambitious plans to support and attract businesses operating in the engineering, marine and oil and gas industries to the borough.

“We will apply our extensive experience of projects of this type to ensure a timely delivery of the contract.”

The transformation will build the on success of the first phase of the CFI which opened in 2016 and provides 760 square metres of office accommodation. Current tenants include Rever Offshore, Swan Hunter NE Ltd and ALE Heavylift.

North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE said: “I am delighted that a high-quality contractor has been chosen to carry out this important second stage at the Centre for Innovation at Swans, and we are delivering on our ambitions for North Tyneside.

“The facility has proven extremely popular with the offshore energy and subsea sector since it opened and the next phase will only strengthen the borough’s position as a first-class location for oil, gas, renewable and maritime industries from all over the world.

“Along with our thriving office parks and brilliant local businesses, North Tyneside is the place to be for businesses to grow and thrive.”