The doors are set to open at the new Hexham branch of the North East’s biggest building society.

Newcastle Building Society has created a new full service and financial advice branch on the ground floor of the former Dickinsons store opposite Hexham Abbey as part of its ongoing multi-million-pound branch network investment programme.

The new branch will open for the first time at 9am on Monday 28 October, with an official opening event set to follow from 11am on Thursday 14 November.

The 1,410 sq ft Beaumont Street space has been transformed over the last two months into a modern and welcoming environment that offers customers easy access to services, information and advice.

A community space which offers a free location in which local people, groups and good causes can hold meetings and events also forms part of the new branch design.

Newcastle Building Society is more than two thirds of the way through an ambitious branch improvement programme which will see work on 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: “There’s been a great deal of interest from local people about what we’ve been doing as work has progressed and we’re excited to finally be sharing the new branch with our Tynedale customers.

“We are continuing to invest heavily in maintaining and enhancing a modern branch network that sits right at the heart of our operations and remain firmly committed to contributing to the vitality of successful, sustainable local communities like Hexham.

“We’re moving into a fantastic landmark location in Hexham which has the Abbey just over the road and we’re extremely pleased to have been able to bring this important site back into use.”