A building society is pressing on with improving its branches.
Newcastle Building Society has completed refurbishment work at 12 of its branches and is now moving on with upgrading or relocating the remaining 16 by 2020.
Once the multi-million pound scheme is complete, its entire network will feature the new modern, open plan branch design, which has successfully been introduced elsewhere.
Among those to be upgraded are the branches in Morpeth and Ponteland.
Stuart Miller, customer director at the society, said: “At a time when many financial institutions are closing branches in towns, we remain fully committed to keeping our branch network at the heart of both our operations and our communities.
“We are attracting new customers where the bigger banks have pulled out of high street locations. We’re creating bright, modern, open plan branch environments.”