Construction is well underway on the £3.5 million transformation of a former swimming pool into affordable homes for older people.

The development of new homes, on the former site of the Belle Vue Swim Centre on Ashlands Road, Consett, is being undertaken by Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) with funding support from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The scheme, which is due for completion in January 2020, will see 24 two-bed bungalows built on the ex-swimming pool site, fulfilling a need for this type of property for older people.

Surgo won the tender on a best value / cost basis. Jeff Alexander from Surgo said: “We are delighted to have won this contract. We have a lot of experience within the house building sector which we can bring to this contract and we are looking forward to working with DAMHA on this project and in the future.”

Paul Mullis, DAMHA Chief Executive said: “There is a real shortage of high-quality two-bedroom bungalows for older people in the county, so like our other schemes, this development will help to meet the need for homes of this type”.