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Restoration Man George Clarke backs Beacon of Light project to restore fortunes of Sunderland

Beacon of Light artist's impression.
Beacon of Light artist's impression.
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RESTORATION Man George Clarke is backing the Beacon of Light to help ‘restore’ the fortunes of his home city.

The TV presenter and writer helped choose the architect for Sunderland AFC’s official charity’s £15million development.

Picture shows George Clarke TV presenter

Picture shows George Clarke TV presenter

The Foundation of Light is building the three-storey development on land next to the Stadium of Light.

Facilities will include sports halls, football pitches, informal learning spaces, education suites and a ‘players’ lounge.’

George became a Trustee of the Foundation of Light at the request of chairman and founder Sir Bob Murray in 2013.

He has been actively involved in development of the Beacon of Light, helping with the process that culminated in architects FaulknerBrowns being appointed as the building’s designers.

“Buildings can transform lives; they can inspire people and create the right environment for people to flourish.

George Clarke

“I was delighted to be so involved in the process, and Bob looked to me for direction in identifying the key factors in finding the right practice,” he said.

“Bob has huge experience in large-scale building projects too, with his work on the Stadium of Light, the new Wembley and St George’s Park.

“FaulknerBrowns did a fantastic presentation and were clearly passionate about the building.

“I trained and worked there after graduating in 1995, so it was a bit strange that people who were my bosses were presenting to me.

“Buildings can transform lives; they can inspire people and create the right environment for people to flourish. That’s what we want for the Beacon of Light.

“I believe the Beacon will not only have the power to transform the lives of those who use it, but it can help transform the city too.”