Firm behind £100million Sunderland redevelopment celebrates its first birthday

Mayor and Mayorss of Sunderland Coun Barry and Carol Curran with Siglion chief executive John Seagar
Mayor and Mayorss of Sunderland Coun Barry and Carol Curran with Siglion chief executive John Seagar
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The company behind the £100million-plus regeneration of Sunderland has marked its first birthday.

Siglion, responsible for breathing new life into high-profile locations such as the Vaux brewery site and Seaburn seafront, marked its first anniversary with an event at the River Wear Commissioners’ Building in St Thomas’ Street.

So much is happening in Sunderland – the new Hilton Garden Inn has just opened next to the Stadium of Light, work on the new River Wear crossing is under way to provide a striking new entry point to the city, the former fire station is being converted into an exciting cultural hub and Sunderland is bidding to become the 2021 City of Culture.

John Seagar

Siglion’s plans for a 60,000sq ft office development on the Vaux site have been approved and permission has also been granted for its wider master plan.

Chief executive John Seager said Sunderland would be transformed over the next few years.

“Siglion is taking a sustainable and inclusive approach to regenerating the city, and we’ve worked with the local communities at every step to create plans that will benefit Sunderland socially and economically over the long term.

“So much is happening in Sunderland – the new Hilton Garden Inn has just opened next to the Stadium of Light, work on the new River Wear crossing is under way to provide a striking new entry point to the city, the former fire station is being converted into an exciting cultural hub and Sunderland is bidding to become the 2021 City of Culture.

“What is different and exciting about Siglion is that as a developer, we can carry out our own developments but we can also facilitate. Our set-up is designed to encourage other people to invest in the city.”

Plans are also being considered for 750 new homes at Chapelgarth and a planning application for a major leisure, retail and residential redevelopment on the seafront at Seaburn will be submitted within the next few months.