Work involves transforming former industrial site along banks of river Wear

Designs for a major £450m regeneration of a former industrial area of Sunderland have been unveiled.

The masterplan for the new city centre district, which spans both sides of the river Wear, has been announced by a team consisting of architects Faulkner Browns, Proctor & Matthews, MawsonKerr and landscape practice Camlins.


The scheme will include new bridges and homes

The 33ha site, which includes two new bridges crossing the river, is expected to provide 1,000 homes across five new neighbourhoods, 1m sq ft of office space in a new business district, a council headquarters building, hotel and a 450-seat auditorium.

Designed for Sunderland city council and its development partner Igloo Regeneration, the scheme is planned for a stretch of riverside close to Sunderland FC’s Stadium of Light ground.

Faulkner Browns has been tasked with designing the project’s mixed-use schemes, while Proctor & Matthews has designed the residential districts with local practice MawsonKerr assisting on the 126-home Vaux neighbourhood of the masterplan.

The £6m Flanagan Lawrence-designed auditorium, which will be housed in the city’s 1907 former fire station building, is already being built by local contractor Brims.

Bowmer & Kirkland has also started building Faulkner Browns’ City Hall, the council’s new headquarters, with construction of KKA Architecture’s 120-room Holiday Inn set to start on site soon.