The £1.5m restoration of a former arts centre in Wallsend is set to create more than 100 jobs.

Buddle arts centre, which was originally a local school built in 1876 before opening as a community arts centre in 1981, will be converted into growth workspace for local businesses, as well as community space for events and conferencing.

The centre, which was named after prominent mining engineer John Buddle, is known for being a former practice location of musician Sting.

North Tyneside Council is working with property developer and listed building specialist Adavo Property, the firm behind the regeneration of the Wallsend Town Hall.

“The building is in real need of intervention if we are to keep it serving the community so it’s a timely deal that’s been done with the support and help of North Tyneside Council,” said Adavo chief executive Mark Black.

“It’s a privilege to be part of its renewal and to be able to bring hundreds of quality local jobs into an area that needs them is something we can all get behind and support.”

Originally published in InsiderMedia