A FORMER office block is to be given a new lease of life after standing derelict for three years.
Glendale House, in Washington town centre, is to be converted into 29 one-bedroom flats.
Chris Irwin bought the building at auction in August 2012 and now has planning permission to convert it into residential accommodation.
His company, Licence Consultancy, has struck up a deal with contractor Coast & Country Housing Limited, who will now convert the building into social housing.
They have also signed an agreement to manage the letting of the units for five years.
Chris is set to spend £800,000 renovating the building and said he is delighted that the project has been given the go-ahead.
He said: “This is the first site we will be working on with Coast & Country and we are looking at another seven sites across the North East.”
Glendale House is one of four derelict buildings near the site of a planned £10million entertainment complex, which is to be built on the site of Cheviot House.
One of the empty buildings has been taken over by the Job Centre, and another has been aquired by the Department for Work and Pensions. The last building is yet to be converted.
Contractors are now working on site, and Chris is hoping that the new apartments will be completed by February.