The North East’s biggest building society is set to open the doors at its newly-upgraded Consett branch next week.

Newcastle Building Society has created a modern, open plan space at the Middle Street branch in the town as part of an ongoing multi-million-pound investment and improvement programme across its entire branch network.

Customers will get their first chance to take a look at the new facilities at 9am on Monday 4 November, with an official opening event set to follow at the end of the month.

The upgraded branch provides a modern welcoming High Street environment, and offers customers easy access to services, information and advice, as well as to a private meeting space.

Over the last few months, Newcastle Building Society has revealed plans for new branches in Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle, with the latter welcoming customers for the first time last month.

The opening of the new Bishop Auckland branch next year will take the number of Society branches across County Durham up to six.

The Society is now more than two thirds of the way through an ambitious branch improvement programme which will see new or improved facilities in every part of its existing branch network and new branches being opened in a number of locations across the North East and North Yorkshire.

Stuart Miller, customer director at Newcastle Building Society, said: “While many other financial institutions are closing branches across the North East, we are investing heavily in enhancing and upgrading a modern branch network that sits right at the heart of our operations.

“We are extending our contribution to maintaining the vitality and sustainability of local communities around the region, most especially within County Durham, and reaffirming our commitment to the people living in them.

“There’s been a lot of interest from our Consett customers as work at the branch has progressed, and we’re excited to be able to share the new facilities with them.”