The next phase of a multi-million pound project to revitalise Hartlepool’s Church Street area, and transform it into a hub for creative industries, is getting under way.
Following the start of construction earlier this month to convert the former Post Office building in nearby Whitby Street into a new £3m creative business centre, work is set to begin on Church Street itself and the neighbouring Church Square.
This £3.4m next phase – due to be completed by May 2018- is funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the Heritage Lottery Fund and by Hartlepool Borough Council.
The work will start on Monday 30th October, from which time Church Street will be closed to through traffic for the following 30 weeks
Vehicle and pedestrian access to the businesses and the railway station will be maintained.
Church Square will be given a major upgrade.
It will be pedestrianised and a large oval event space encircled by trees and raised seating will be created in front of Hartlepool Art Gallery (the Grade II-listed former Christ Church).
There will also be a landscaped walkway along Upper Church Street.
A new Workers’ Memorial will be created at the front of the art gallery, featuring specially engraved stones.