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North East consultancy takes steps to transform former dancehall into tool store

A North East building consultancy is set to oversee the transformation of a former social club into a building supplies store.

Silverstone Building Consultancy, based in Newcastle, has been appointed to project manage the refurbishment of a former social club on Ritson Street in Stanley.

The former dancehall for the Stanley Central Club and Institute will be transformed into a new store for national retailer Toolstation.

Toolstation has taken a 10-year lease on the 4,565 sq ft unit, supplying tools, accessories and building supplies.

Michael Coulthard, senior building surveyor at Silverstone Building Consultancy, said: “It’s great to see new life being brought back to this redundant building and the creation of new jobs.

“There is a growing trend in repurposing buildings within urban areas to reflect the changes in the way we shop, work and play in the current climate.

“Whilst many buildings can offer good potential for alternative uses, there are a wide range of issues that need to be carefully considered and that is where we are able to help clients with our specialist knowledge and advice.”

Philip MacLauchlan, managing director at Adept Agency who manages the process on behalf of Toolstation, added: “We are pleased to have secured this site in Stanley.

“As part of our ambitious roll out programme we look for units in great locations for our customers needs and this site now suits our requirements.

“It’s great to be part of the economic growth in the area and we look forward to bringing Toolstation to the trade and home improvers of Stanley. We also continue to search for additional sites including in the North East.”

Works have commenced and the six-figure refurbishment is due to complete later this month.

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