Stack Seaburn announces new opening date as construction gets back on track
STACK Seaburn is back on track after work resumed today, Tuesday, June 23, on the much-anticipated seafront development.
The container village being built on the site of the former Seaburn Centre was due to open its doors in spring, but saw work halted due to the COVID-19 crisis.
But now, construction is restarting, with North East developer Danieli Holdings setting an opening date of August 28 in time for the summer Bank Holiday weekend.
STACK is being built from shipping containers that are assembled to make an enclosed village that can operate in all weather conditions, and will host a number of different traders, including food, drink and lifestyle stalls.
Work had been progressing well before the pandemic, with a number of the shipping containers in place, but – like other developments across the North East – work ground to a halt, as lockdown measure prevented all but essential workers from leaving home.
Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Holdings, said: “We’re delighted to be able to give the green light for work to restart on STACK Seaburn, which will add a unique new offer to the city – a place families of all ages can enjoy.
“As lockdown measures begin to be eased, not only does it pave the way for building work to restart, but it also means that we can look forward to venues like ours reopening their doors to welcome customers.
“The open-air environment in STACK venues is something that we know will appeal as we come through this crisis, and we’re very much looking forward to a busy end to the summer, as people make up for lost time, socialising with friends and family and enjoying the long summer evenings. We can’t wait to bring
this fantastic concept venue to the city.”
The venue is expected to house a range of street food providers, and has already signed deals with a number of locally based businesses.
Coun Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “It’s great to see work get back underway on a development that will breathe new life into Sunderland’s seaside.
“We have a wonderful beach, that has been well used by residents taking exercise during lockdown, and we know that – when leisure and hospitality venues reopen – many will want to enjoy a day at the seaside, catching up with friends and family.
“Having an incredible open-air venue like STACK Seaburn will be a huge asset to the city, and we’re delighted to see work resume.”
Next door to STACK, on the site of the former Pullman Lodge, work has begun on The Seaburn Inn, a new 40-bedroom pub with rooms being built by multi-award-winning The Inn Collection Group.
Other plans along the seafront include a former toilet block at Roker, along with the former Bay Shelter and the old tram shelter at Seaburn, transformed
into cafés and restaurants, and 12 beach huts will also be added along the seafront.