Work has started on a multi-million pound affordable housing development for older people.
Construction is underway on the apartment complex in Bowman Street in Whitburn.
The £4.5 million modern scheme, which is on the site of the former sheltered housing complex, Croftside Court, is for people over 55.
Contractor Tolent Living is constructing the properties on behalf of South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust.
Brian Scott, Company Secretary of South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, said:
“The apartments are designed to enable residents to remain independent and living in their own homes for as long as possible.
“They’ll be complemented by communal areas including a common room and landscaped gardens.”
Work to construct the 32 one and two-bedroomed apartments is expected take around 18 months.
Councillor Mark Walsh, Lead Member for Housing and Transport, said:
“We have an ageing population and providing suitable, quality accommodation for older people is a key priority for the council.
“Croftside House was outdated and no longer fit for purpose and it would have cost millions to bring the bedsits up to a decent standard.
“In its place we are going to have these modern, attractive apartments that will provide high quality accommodation for our older residents.”
The development was granted planning permission earlier this year. As well as 32 apartments available for affordable rent, it will offer four two-bedroom apartments for sale.
Speaking on behalf of herself and fellow ward members Peter Boyack and Joyce Welsh, Cllr Tracey Dixon said:
“I’m sure residents will share our excitement that work is underway on this project, which we as ward members have really driven forward.
“This promises to be a great development which will have a warm community feel and I think people living there will be proud to call it home.”
The Ventures Trust was awarded £1,344,000 from Homes England for the scheme.
Croftside Court was demolished following an assessment of all Housing Plus accommodation in the Borough which deemed them outdated and too costly to renovate and maintain.