Sunderland's VAUX is gathering pace, with the release of a new CGI video, showing how the emerging district could look.
Just months before the first building on VAUX - THE BEAM - opens its doors, the stunning video, capturing glimpses of the new public sector hub, and other ‘pop up’ spaces that will occupy the site, gives a unique glimpse of how the city centre development will progress.
Plans were revealed for the second space - a public sector hub - on VAUX last month, with a final decision expected to be taken by the council on the relocation over the next few weeks. It would see almost 1,000 members of staff join other public sector colleagues in a modern, user-centred space that would bring together a range of services to better support people in the city.
Siglion chief executive John Seager, who heads up the organisation that is leading on the redevelopment of VAUX, said: “This video gives a real sense of what VAUX will be like as a place - where people will work, live and play.
“We’re gathering pace on site, with phase one - THE BEAM, a 59,000 sq ft, high quality, city centre office development - close to handover. Phase two – a new public sector hub - is set to be considered by the council’s planning committee, along with lots of exciting plans moving forward quickly to develop more new business spaces and exemplar urban homes that will bolster the number of people living in the city centre and provide a huge boost to the economy.”
He added: “There is a definite sense that we are starting to realise the vision and ambition that exists for VAUX, delivering a place that people in the Sunderland can be proud of and somewhere investors will find equally attractive.”
The three-minute video is being used to market VAUX to potential investors, showing them the site’s closeness to city centre amenities, expansive views over the riverside, as well as celebrating the businesses that are already flying the flag for a city on a national and international stage, including Sunderland-based Tombola.
Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council and chair of the Siglion board, said: “This video is a fantastic showcase for VAUX and for Sunderland at large. There is a real feeling that this is a city that is transforming, and that we are maximising the natural assets we have – the riverside, the closeness to the seafront and the excellent connectivity we enjoy.
“We have an exciting vision for the city and the city centre that is taking shape now, and VAUX is absolutely at the core of that as a place to live, do business and relax. This video really highlights that.”
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