this is vaux

A City of real opportunity.

The Vaux site will become a lively, mixed-use office and residential quarter with additional leisure facilities and new hotels. It will compliment the city centre, rather than compete against it, providing a new economic aspect by bringing diverse employment opportunities and new homes into the heart of the city. It will be a dynamic new urban environment, reinforcing Sunderland’s renaissance with a vibrant daytime and evening economy.

this is the opportunity

Vaux has the potential to support a wide range of uses including new commercial and residential development with leisure, ancillary retail, high quality public realm, together with associated infrastructure, and become an exemplar of sustainable mixed-use development. We now seek to appoint a lead development partner with a proven track record of delivering complex mixed-use development, to create a cutting edge regeneration scheme in this new quarter of the city.

The development of the site will realise the masterplan vision by:

  • Reinvigorating the economic heart of the city through the creation of a vibrant new office market
  • Creation of approximately 3,000 job opportunities
  • Promoting and celebrating city centre living
  • Reconnecting the city and its river
  • Providing a model of sustainable urban regeneration
  • Exemplary architecture and quality of design
  • Creation of a new and distinctive urban quarter

Outline planning permission for the masterplan was granted by the Secretary of State in March 2007, securing 167,250m² of developable floor space for office, residential and hotel uses with ancillary leisure and retail along with 1,970 car parking spaces.

 A new £50m court complex is earmarked for Vaux, providing an opportunity to create a landmark building of high design quality. It will also generate office demand from sectors with links to the courts and enhance connectivity with the city centre.

This development is among a number of major projects which signal a step-change in Sunderland. The urban regeneration company Sunderland arcand its partners; English Partnerships, One NorthEast and Sunderland City Council, have been charged with the regeneration of central Sunderland, an area with a superb urban landscape, a heritage of elegant buildings and the potential to become a major economic driver for the whole of the north of England.

The redevelopment of the former Vaux Brewery site sits within the wider strategic context of Sunderland arc’s plans to reinvigorate the built environment of the central area of Sunderland.

The adjacent Farringdon Row site seeks to complement the Vaux site through the phased delivery of a mix of residential and office accommodation. In February 2008 planning permission was granted for Phase One of the scheme, which is being brought forward by developer CTP Ltd and comprise 6,500m² of offices, 124 new homes and a 124 bed hotel.

Developer Thornfield Properties, in conjunction with Sunderland arc, is currently working up exciting new plans for the Holmeside retail triangle in the city centre.
Located directly across the river, opposite the Vaux site, is the Stadium Village area, home to Sunderland’s premier football ground The Stadium of Light.

There are exciting proposals surrounding the stadium to deliver a high quality, mixed-use development of national reputation, featuring state-of-the-art leisure facilities, river front residential accommodation and a healthy and active community.

The Sunderland Aquatic Centre, home to the region’s first 50m Olympic pool, opened in April 2008 and has already been selected as a potential training camp for the London 2012 Olympics.

The historic city quarter of Sunniside has attracted over £50m of investment in the last few years. Spearheaded by Sunniside Partnership, the ongoing regeneration has included new £2m public gardens, which are breathing new life into the area, and a £6m arts and business centre now complete.

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