Works have commenced on Sunderland’s new ‘City Hall’ building and we are pleased to see the progression from the time-laps camera showing good, safe progress during the lockdown period.
The former Vaux Brewery site, which has been empty since the Brewery closed in 1999, sits on the edge of the city centre and is part of a wider regeneration project which covers 5.80 hectares.
This building is the latest development to start taking shape, and the second office building to be developed, which is being funded by Legal & General for the tenants, Sunderland City Council.
The development will have approximately 188,000ft2 of internal floor area over eight-storeys and is mainly office space, together with ancillary accommodation over two identified plots within the original masterplan. Along with the Council, it will house a range of public sector partners, including a social housing provider and the Department for Work and Pensions.
The first phase of this regeneration on the Vaux site finished with the completion of ‘The Beam’ in 2019. This £20 million scheme constructed a five-storey office building with ground floor units for retail use.
There is are also plans for residential housing with suggested space for more than 200 homes which could be built in the site’s north west corner, as well as areas for a hotel, restaurant and leisure facilities.
We are providing Due Diligence and Fund Monitoring services on the new City Hall development and we are excited to see this building taking shape especially during these difficult times.