Newcastle Building Society Investing In Morpeth Branch Upgrade Release Date: 25 February The Morpeth branch of the North East's biggest building society is set to become the latest part of its branch network to get a major upgrade. Newcastle Building Society is creating an enhanced, open plan branch in the town’s Market Place as part of a continuing multi-million pound investment programme across the whole of its branch network. To allow the required work to take place, the branch will close at 1pm on Friday 8 March, with the refurbished branch expected to reopen in May. The upgraded branch will provide customers with better access to services, information and advice, as well as additional space for transactions. A community space also forms part of the new design, which will provide a free location in which local people, groups and good causes can hold meetings and events. Stuart Miller, customer director of Newcastle Building Society, said: “While many financial institutions are closing branches across the region, the Society remains fully committed to maintaining and enhancing a modern branch network that sits right at the heart of our communities. “Our investment programme is designed to ensure our customers have access to the high quality services and facilities that they expect from a modern financial institution, and we've had a fantastic customer response to the branches where work has already been completed. "Our newly-upgraded Ashington branch is available to serve Morpeth customers while refurbishment work is ongoing, alongside our nearby Cramlington and Ponteland branches, and while we are sorry for any inconvenience that the temporary branch closure might cause, we think they will very much like what they see when it reopens."