New moves to find businesses for Vaux site

An agent has been appointed to secure occupiers for the new-look Vaux site.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016, 8:02 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:01 pm
First look at the proposed Vaux site redevelopment.

Developers, Siglion, have brought Naylors’ office agency team on board for the forthcoming mixed-use Vaux scheme.

The 5.5 hectare Sunderland city centre site is being developed to provide office, retail, residential and leisure space in 19 separate buildings to create a flagship development.

Simon Taylor, director at Naylors said: “This is a fantastic appointment and one we are delighted to have won. There is very little new Grade A office development in the region and especially in city centre locations.

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“Siglion plans to create something that Sunderland has never seen before which makes this a very exciting project for the city and everyone involved.”

In April, Sunderland City Council granted outline planning permission for Siglion’s masterplan for the Vaux site, which provides an ambitious vision for active streets, shops, cafes and restaurants with public spaces providing views of the River Wear and Sunderland’s bridges.

Siglion chief executive, John Seager, said: “We are now in a position where we can begin works to breathe new life into the Vaux site, which has been empty for almost 17 years since the brewery closed.

“We have brought Naylors on board as joint agent alongside Knight Frank to work closely with us on the marketing of the scheme and to secure occupiers for the office buildings.

“There are already a number of companies on our radar and we anticipate this exciting development will attract many new companies to the city centre.”

A main component of the Vaux scheme will be the development of a number of high specification Grade A office buildings, which Mr Taylor said the previousl lack off on Wearside has meant for many years companies have chosen locations elsewhere.

He said: “Office design has progressed significantly over the past ten years alone, so we feel that office occupiers will see huge benefits on offer in the buildings that are being developing at Vaux in terms of energy efficiency, inspirational design and new ways of working.”

Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley have designed phase one of Vaux incorporating a new 60,000 sq ft office which will be completed in early 2018. Regionally-based architects Faulkner Brown have designed the second and third buildings which will follow shortly after.