A REFURBISHED block of flats has officially been reopened following £2.5m pounds worth of work.

Coast & Country invited Redcar MP Ian Swales to cut the ribbon at the entrance of Spencerbeck House in Middlesbrough.

The extensive building and modernisation work, which includes new windows, solar panels, rewiring throughout the property, complete external re-cladding and energy efficient heating systems.

Husband and wife John and Lillian Park, who have lived at Spencerbeck House since February 1983 and are its longest-serving tenants, are delighted with the refurbishments.

The couple said: "The improvements are fantastic. It's as though someone has knocked it down and started again. The flats are a lot, lot warmer."

Anthony Brown, director of property and assets, said: "These improvements are the first major restoration works made to the building in 30 years. It was a large task, but the outcome has provided tenants with high quality, secure and efficient homes, and significant energy efficiencies which will save tenants money for years to come ."

Mr Swales added: "Redcar and Cleveland residents deserve to live in high quality and safe homes. It is important that the communal areas and security systems are modern and up-to date and Coast & Country has done an exceptional job in achieving this."