See the latest 'stunning' vision of how the £100m-plus Riverside Sunderland transformation will look

The latest artistic visions of “stunning plans” to transform Sunderland’s riverside area have been unveiled today.

Monday, 9th November 2020, 6:00 am

Investor Legal & General and developer Landid have shared detailed CGI impressions for two new office buildings as part of the ongoing Sunderland City Council-led masterplan to bring up to 10,000 new jobs to the city.

The six-storey and five-storey premises would be built to the north of the under-construction City Hall if planning permission is granted.

Work on the first of the buildings would begin early next year and be completed by 2022.

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A detailed artistic impression of how Sunderland's proposed two new office buildings would look.

The Riverside Sunderland masterplan also includes 1,000 sustainable homes to rent or buy as well as a new footbridge linking Sunderland football club’s Stadium of Light ground with the city centre.

It is backed by £100m of investment from Legal and General with dn-a architects, a company which has worked on high-profile projects for Warner Bros and Unilever, also heavily involved in the plans for the new offices.

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “Riverside Sunderland is perhaps the most exciting regeneration project in the UK right now and we’re delighted to have d-na, Legal & General and Landid working alongside us to help bring our ambitions to life.

“When complete, these two buildings will help bring hundreds of highly-skilled jobs to the city and provide a major shot in the arm to the economy in the heart of the city.

A close up of how one of the new offices would look

"To think it’s been less than 12 months since Legal & General first committed to the site is incredible, when you look at the pace at which developments are accelerating.

"These stunning plans really drive home Legal & General’s commitment to the city and they send out a clear message to the market - Sunderland is very much open for business.”

Mike Coplowe, senior development manager at Legal & General, said: “Riverside Sunderland is a hugely ambitious development and these plans reflect that, delivering exceptional modern office spaces that we are sure will be attractive to businesses looking for a workplace that is good for the well-being of their team, as well as for the planet.”

The council calculates that Riverside Sunderland will double the city centre’s residents to 5,000 with the plans also including a new library and parkland on both sides of the River Wear.

A reminder of how the proposed footbridge between the Stadium of Light and Sunderland city centre would look.

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