Work on Sunderland’s Vaux site has restarted, with construction partner Tolent awarded the contract to complete the first building.
Sunderland City Council’s development partners Siglion – which is responsible for the development of the site - confirmed that Tolent Construction was appointed to complete phase one of the development, replacing Carillion Construction which was liquidated earlier this year.
Tolent has now resumed work on the first building, The Beam, as well as infrastructure, a new public square and continuation of the Keel Line.
It is expected that The Beam will open early in 2019, delivering over 59,000 sq ft of office and leisure space, and extending the footprint of the city centre towards the riverside, connected by Keel Square.
Leader of Sunderland City Council, councillor Graeme Miller said: “The redevelopment of this site is of massive strategic importance to the future of our city, and we can all be delighted that building is about to resume.
“We have been working hard with Siglion to find new construction partners since Carillion got into difficulties and believe in Tolent that we have found the company best placed and prepared to take things forward.”
“We’re delighted that work is underway once again on The Beam, the first building on the former Vaux site.”
Cllr Miller added: “Vaux is a long-awaited development for the city and one that will mark the start of a new life for a site that is central to Sunderland’s economic and cultural ambitions – a place that will become a business hub, as well as a destination for leisure and housing in the future. It’s great news and we very much look forward to seeing the building completed next year.”
David Roberts from Siglion, said: “The Beam is going to be an iconic building, and it is already making an incredible impact on the skyline in Sunderland. We are pleased that, after a pause, we’ll soon see work resume on site to deliver this ground-breaking building.”
Many of those who originally worked on the Beam have been re-engaged to finish the building.
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