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Flanagan Lawrence gets green light for £8m Sunderland venue

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Sunderland Council has granted planning permission for a £8.2 million multi-use auditorium designed by Flanagan Lawrence

Plans for the scheme in Garden Place and Dun Cow Street include retractable seating for 450 people, or standing space for 700 people, a performance hall and an outdoor stage. 

Jason Flanagan of Flanagan Lawrence said the performance hall would be designed to accommodate ’both amplified music or a natural acoustic, as well as drama, dance, comedy and conference events’.

The venue will be built as part of Sunderland’s planned Music, Arts and Cultural Quarter in the centre of the city. It is adjacent to a fire station, which is currently being redeveloped as a £3.6 million arts and cultural centre.

Design features for the auditorium include a glazed foyer and terracotta cladding, intended to match the ‘colour and tone’ of the red-brick fire station.

Work is due to start on site later this year, with a completion date scheduled for 2019. 

Macq auditorium ¬ flanagan lawrence

Macq auditorium ¬ flanagan lawrence

Source: Flanagan Lawrence


Project data

Client Sunderland Music, Arts And Culture Trust
Location Sunderland
Status Planning approval
Architect Flanagan Lawrence
Structural Consultant WSP Structure
Start on site date 2017
Completion date End of 2019
Total cost £8.2 million


Sketch macq sunderland flanagan lawrence

Sketch macq sunderland flanagan lawrence

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