New £100m vision to transform Sunderland to be revealed today

New look: Sunderland's Vaux Brewery site is among those Siglion will be regenerating.
New look: Sunderland's Vaux Brewery site is among those Siglion will be regenerating.
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A NEW vision for the heart of Sunderland will be revealed today.

Siglion, the company spearheading a £100million-plus transformation of the city, will be outlining its plans to an invited audience at its official launch.

The company – a joint venture between construction giant Carillion and Sunderland City Council, with support from regeneration specialist Igloo – will unveil the first stages of its vision to more than 100 representatives from local businesses and the public sector, at the National Glass Centre.

Siglion is responsible for the regeneration of several sites across the city, including the former Vaux brewery.

Chief executive John Seager said today’s event was a chance to show off how the city would be transformed over the next few years: “We are holding the official launch to illustrate that the hard work to shape Sunderland’s future starts now, and to introduce the experienced team we have assembled to date.

“It’s an opportunity to share our excitement and commitment to long-term change with everybody else.

“The event gives us the chance to spread the word about the development going on in Sunderland and to show the private sector that Sunderland is a great city to invest in.

“Siglion will be leading a well thought out and designed regeneration that will be of long-term benefit to the local and regional population.” Speakers will include city businessman Paul Callaghan, chairman of the Sunderland Economic Leadership Board, who will examine the potential economic benefits of the Siglion programme from a business perspective, Igloo chairman Chris Brown, who will discuss the firm’s approach to regeneration, and Siglion chairman Neil McMillan, who will look at the importance of strong partnerships and the private sector.

“The launch gives us the chance to show work is underway to transform the city,” said John Seagar.

“The event will introduce the Siglion approach to potential private-sector partners at the start of our journey towards creating better living, working and leisure spaces for communities across Sunderland.”