WORK is underway to replace the old Watling Street council offices with a new apartment complex for over-55s.

Your Housing Group has started work on the £11.8m retirement living scheme, comprising 70 one and two-bedroom apartments including 45 for shared ownership and 25 for outright sale.

The four-storey building will be built following the demolition of the old office block, having received planning permission at the second attempt last year.

Developers say the apartments will benefit from good access to amenities and transport links, with a high standard, modern fit and wet room.

The scheme will also feature an on-site bistro, gardens and parking.

Lorraine Donnelly, director of development for Your Housing Group, said: “It’s great to be able to secure this opportunity to provide quality apartments for those over 55.

"The development is ideally located for those planning their future retirement – just a stone’s throw from the River Dane and a good selection of local shops and restaurants.

"Northwich is a fantastic place to retire to, and we hope by providing retirement living accommodation in the area, we can help free up much-needed family homes for local people."

Your Housing Group became one of Homes England’s Strategic Partners earlier this year, and this development was part-funded with a £2m grant from Homes England.

Your Housing Group is working in partnership with Galliford Try on this project and the development is designed by Altrincham-based architects, Pozzoni.