£100m works go ahead

£100m works go ahead

Work is getting under way on a “gateway” to the centre of Sunderland, the UK’s biggest city by the sea.

Plans for a speculative 60,000sq ft office development on the former Vaux Breweries site (above) are approved, with permission also for the wider master plan at the key location.

Behind the £100m-plus regeneration is Siglion, a development and regeneration company set up a year ago to handle rebirths of five sites across the city. The premium Vaux site had languished for nearly 17 years in a planning wrangle between the city council and Tesco, which owned the site after the breweries closed in 1999.

Plans are also being considered for 750 new homes at Chapelgarth, and a planning application for a major leisure, retail and housing redevelopment on the seafront at Seaburn will be submitted shortly. Siglion chief executive John Seager says: “So much is happening in Sunderland – the new Hilton Garden Inn has opened next to the Stadium of Light. Work on the new River Wear crossing is underway. The former fire station is being converted into a cultural hub.

And Sunderland is bidding to become the 2021 City of Culture. ”Siglion is a joint venture by Carillion and Sunderland City Council, managed by igloo Regeneration.