WORK to transform the road network around Sunderland’s former Vaux brewery site is set to start in the early summer.
Construction giant Balfour Beatty has won the contract to realign St Mary’s Way and Livingstone Road, as part of work to improve the site.
City council leader Paul Watson said: “It’s great news we have now appointed Balfour Beatty to carry out this vital scheme for the city centre.
“It’s the first step in the council’s ambitious city centre capital investment programme, which will realise the long-term vision we and our partners set out in the Economic Masterplan.”
A key aim of that plan is to get more people living and working in the city centre.
The council wants to make the Vaux site the focus of a central business district, with improved shopping, new public space and better pedestrian access. Balfour Beatty North East managing director Eddie Tribe said: “We are thrilled to have been appointed to help Sunderland City Council deliver the first phase of its capital investment programme.”
The plans to remodel St Mary’s Way and Livingstone Road were given permission in November.
The full cost of the scheme is £11.86million, with £2.34million from the European Regional Development Fund and £2.5million from the North East LEP’s Growing Places Fund.
The temporary car park on the Vaux site will close early next month to allow Balfour Beatty’s site compound to be created.
The realignment is due to be completed by next spring and the whole scheme should be finished by autumn 2014.