Darlington Building Society has announced the date of the opening of a new, bigger, town centre branch as part of a major investment in its branch network.

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, is to given an exclusive preview of the new branch on May 28, a few days before the Society welcomes members to the all-new branch.

The Society’s Chief Executive, Andrew Craddock, said: “We are delighted that the Tees Valley Mayor is able to join us for a VIP tour of the new branch and the significant investment the Society has made in Redcar High Street.

“This move to a larger, bespoke designed space that we have been able to shape to fit the needs of our members and staff includes the introduction of an additional office space for our head office employees to work from.”

Mr Houchen said: “It’s great to hear of another local success story going from strength to strength, especially in these difficult times, and that it’s playing a part in town-centre regeneration.

“Darlington Building Society’s latest investment is bucking the trend by moving even further into a town centre.

It is more important than ever to make our towns as welcoming and well equipped as possible as we recover our economy following the coronavirus pandemic and get people back supporting our brilliant local businesses.

“The transformation of the Teesworks site will boost and support Redcar town centre even further, with the good-quality, well-paid jobs we are creating there giving more people money in their pocket to spend in their town.”

The Society’s announcement coincides with the Redcar Town Board submitting a £25m regeneration plan for the town centre, six years after the closure of Redcar steelworks, with the loss of 2,000 jobs.

The visit by Mr Houchen, will be followed later that afternoon by Jacob Young MP, who described the branch location as “a real vote of confidence in the town”.

The Redcar branch staff who deliver an outstanding service to their savings and mortgage members, regularly spend time supporting their more vulnerable members, helping local charities and community groups with fundraising and volunteering, are looking forward to calling the new bespoke branch home.

The relocation and upgrade of the Redcar branch follows refurbishments of the Society’s branches in Guisborough, Yarm, Barnard Castle, and Northallerton, and further announcements about the ongoing investment in the branch network will be made soon.

Mr Craddock said: “Darlington Building Society prides itself on trusted personal service and, while investment in our digital services continues, our branches are at the heart of our role in the community.”

On 1 June 2021, at 9.30 am the brand new Redcar branch located at Unit 1, Regents Walk, Redcar will open its doors to members. Officiated by The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Carole Morgan, who will cut the ribbon and declare the town centre branch of Darlington Building Society open.