WORK is set to start on a £50million housing project at a former glassworks site.
The scheme to build 212 family homes on the former Pyrex site, dubbed the Lisbon Terrace triangle, is expected to get under way this month.
Developers St Modwen and Persimmon Homes will redevelop the land in a joint venture.
Guy Gusterson, residential director at St Modwen, said: “This is a substantial development for the Sunderland area.
“We are delighted to have received consent for the detailed planning permission and can now move forward to the next stage. We are looking to start building work in October.”
Sunderland City Council granted the developers planning permission to build a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes, plus open public space and landscaping across the 17-acre area. St Modwen acquired the site in two phases during 2008 and 2009.
Ten acres were the location of the former Pyrex glass factory. The remaining seven acres were the Corning plant and both factories have been demolished.
St Modwen and Persimmon set up the joint venture in 2010.
The project will see 2,000 homes with an end value of £300million built on the site during the next five years.
David Jenkinson, regional chairman for Persimmon Homes North East, said: “We are very excited about our proposed development with St Modwen, which we believe will not only bring a range of much-needed high-quality yet affordable new homes to househunters in and around Sunderland, but will also provide a great deal of skilled employment to the area.”
Birmingham-based St Modwen specialises in renewing brownfield sites.
The aim of the development is to create new community on what is one of the key gateway areas into the city from the north side of the river.
Commercial premises in a landmark building were included in the developer’s vision for the site when plans were first announced.
The team had also been considering installing a piece of public art to commemorate the site’s glass-making past.