Here's where you can have your say on new £27million Culture House library plan

Sunderland’s planned new cultural centre is hitting the road.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 11:19 am

Residents across Wearside will be able give their views on plans for the new Culture House – a flagship library at the heart of the city’s Riverside Sunderland regeneration project – at a series of public consultations.

Council chiefs say the £27million development on the edge of Keel Square will inspire a passion for learning and knowledge, making and creativity and stimulate a love of reading and offer opportunities.

A Culture House Hub will be open in the Bridges Shopping Centre (opposite Waterstones) from Tuesday, May 25, through to Friday, May 28, where people can meet members of the project team.

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An artist's impression of how the new Culture House will look
An artist's impression of how the new Culture House will look

It will be open from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 10am to 1pm on Friday.

More Let’s Talk Culture House drop-in sessions will be taking place in Silksworth, Houghton and Washington.

Council leader Cllr Graeme Miller said: “We want to raise our profile even higher through our venues, events and visitor attractions. The Culture House is very much part of this outlook.”

Initial plans include an 80,000 square foot library and archive facility with an indoor city square, a learning zone, creative/making spaces, local history section and archives, an events space, plus a café and outdoor space.

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Councillor Linda Williams, Cabinet Member for Vibrant City, said: “We’re incredibly excited about Culture House - it will be so much more than a library as we know it.

“While you’ll find all the things you would expect to find in a traditional library, it will also be a changing creative space with a warm welcome, great coffee and inspiring spaces both inside and outside for relaxing, meeting and getting involved in a whole range of events and activities.

"We really want to hear what everyone in Sunderland thinks as the plans begin to take shape

Pop up sessions on:

* Tuesday May 25, 1pm to 4pm - City [email protected] and Winter Gardens

* Wednesday, May 26, 10am to 1pm - Houghton Library

* Wednesday, May 26 10am to 7pm - Silksworth Community Pool

* Thursday, May 27 10am to 1pm – Washington Town Centre Library

*Thursday, May 27 4pm to 7pm - Silksworth Community Pool

Further information is available at

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