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Sunderland goes for BDP £20 million arts centre

Sunderland University has confirmed that Building Design Partnership will be the architect for a Centre for Arts, Design and Media on the banks of the River Wear. As the third phase of BDP's St Peter's Campus masterplan, developed in 1992, the new £20 million centre will provide facilities for arts, media and cultural studies.

To maintain a visual link with the previous phases, the design and materials of the new scheme will match the existing campus buildings. The new centre will be located alongside the University Square.

'With educational buildings, flexibility is key, ' says Tony McGuirk, architect for the scheme, 'The secret of a school of Art, Design and Media is to be able to accommodate change as the technology within it develops.' As part of Sunderland University's desire for openness, the building is to become a public arena, with galleries and cinemas as well as riverside cafes and bars.

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