But it’s not the only new addition we can look forward to at the twin coastal resorts. Work began a decade ago as part of the multi-million pound Seafront Regeneration Scheme to improve the area for locals, while also attracting people from outside the area to our city by the sea. The scheme has already seen landscaping along the walkways at the seafront, the creation of Pier Point and repair works on the landmark Roker Pier.
We’ve rounded up some of the projects in the pipeline, as well as those that have already begun.
1. The Seaburn Inn, former Pullman Lodge site, Seaburn
Following a break during lockdown, work has resumed on the construction of a four-storey, 40-bed pub with rooms on the former Pullman Lodge site, which is due to open in Spring 2021. Owners The Inn Collection Group already have a number of successful pubs and hotels in their portfolio including The Seaton Lane Inn in East Durham; The Amble Inn in Northumberland; The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses; The Black Swan in Helmsley, North Yorkshire and The Kingslodge Inn in Durham City.
2. STACK Seaburn, Phase 2, former Seaburn Centre site
More than 20 units will open at STACK Seaburn on September 4, but that is just Phase 1 of the development. Work will begin on Phase 2 next year and will take the number of shipping containers to more than 80, housing a mix of leisure and retail facilities. In the meantime, a temporary wall divides the two sites. Owners Danieli Holdings have a seven-and-a-half year lease on the site.
Photo: Frank Reid
3. Pier Point Phase 2, Marine Walk, Roker
Pier Point phase 1 houses successful businesses including Love Lily, Six, Downeys and The Scullery. Work has started on the neighbouring phase 2. The two-storey lot – which could be used as a restaurant, retail company or take away – is expected to create 20 jobs.
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4. Beach Huts, Sunderland
Sunderland City Council wants to build 12 beach huts just north of House of Zen and plans to upgrade the infrastructure of Seaburn Camp to make it better for touring caravans.
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