A 1980s housing block in Redhill is being revamped under an £11 million scheme to provide more than 200 rooms for key workers.

The Canada House development in Canada Drive will see 100 new units built and 120 existing units refurbished.

The accommodation, split across 12 blocks of flats, will be rented out to key worker healthcare staff.

A2Dominion Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of affordable housing, is working with Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust on the scheme.

Contractor United House Limited is due to complete the first 24 new-build units this month (May).

The flats have shared living rooms and kitchens, while each tenant has their own bedroom.

Steve Coggins, A2Dominion’s regional development director, said the scheme would result in improved accommodation for healthcare workers, supporting recruitment and retention of staff.

He said: “This is a great new development for the Canada House site, which will see out-of-date accommodation replaced with modern apartments for health care workers.

“The construction and refurbishment work is now under way and being carried out in phases.

“We have a planned completion date of autumn 2010.”

The development, which is being funded by A2Dominion, will produce 10% renewable energy through solar panels that will be installed on the roofs of some of the blocks of flats.

Existing residents are able to remain in their homes until work is carried out in the specific area where they live, at which point they will be offered accommodation on another part of the site.