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Aukett and Gough in Sunderland face-off

A row has erupted between Piers Gough of CZWG and Michael Aukett over rival plans for a site in Sunderland.

Gough - whose proposals for the Vaux brewery site (pictured) were given the initial go-ahead by Sunderland City Council in late September - has branded speculative designs by Michael Aukett for a Tesco superstore on the same plot 'unimaginably bad'.

Aukett then hit out at the Gough scheme for not being 'commercially viable' and unlikely to be delivered in the foreseeable future.

While a decision regarding the future of Aukett's scheme has not yet been made by the council, Gough's proposals have now been called in by the government office for the North East.

If CZWG gets the final thumbs up for the scheme, the new development would create almost 50,000m 2of office space, together with around 1,000 apartments, a 150-bed hotel and a canopied piazza.

by Rob Sharp

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