Public get first look at plans for Sunderland’s former Vaux Brewery site

Plans for the former Vaux site on display in The Bridges.
Plans for the former Vaux site on display in The Bridges.
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The development of Sunderland’s former Vaux brewery site will be a catalyst for the development of the city, says a leading businessman.

Siglion, which is carrying out a £100million transformation of major sites across Wearside, has been out and about to give members of the public a chance to have their say on its masterplan design for the site.

The rebirth of the Vaux site will be the jewel in the crown of a city that we can all be very proud of.

Gary Hutchinson

The proposals were on display in The Bridges and at Siglion’s Echo 24 offices yesterday.

SAFC commercial director Gary Hutchinson is chairman of the Sunderland Business Group and the North East Chamber of Commerce’s Sunderland committee: “The former Vaux site is a hugely significant part of the city, and one that I know people in Sunderland are eager to see redeveloped,” he said.

“It’s fantastic to see plans firming up for the area.

“Work to redevelop the site fits into a broader programme of public and private sector investment across Sunderland, totalling £1billion and brought to life by the 3,6,9 Vision that was announced earlier this year.

“It will perfectly complement Keel Square, a part of the city that has been transformed by Sunderland City Council’s investment.

“There is a growing sense of momentum now – the face of the city is changing, and for many, the rebirth of the Vaux site will be the jewel in the crown of a city that we can all be very proud of.”

The Siglion masterplan features a mix of uses for the five-and-a-half hectare site, including offices, retail, restaurants and cafes, a hotel, residential apartments, car park and leisure spaces.

The plan will create new public spaces with path and cycle routes along the cliff edge and through the site, with high quality public open spaces and continuation of the Keel Line art installation which runs from the cliff edge to the city centre through Keel Square.

The first phase development is being designed by architects Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios and the masterplan by urban designers URBED.

Siglion is also looking at ways to utilise parts of the site before and during constriction, in order to keep it open and attract visitors to the site.

Siglion chief executive John Seager said: “This is an important day for us and for Sunderland people, who’ll see the exciting ideas and masterplan for a key gateway site for the city.

“The development will transform the city centre, bring new opportunities for jobs, create new places to live, and spaces to enjoy and relax.

Siglion’s work is focused on five major sites, starting with Vaux and including Seaburn, Chapel Garth, Numbers Garth and Farringdon Row.