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FCBS submits plans for Sunderland brewery site

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Plans by Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) to begin the long-awaited transformation of the former Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland have been submitted for planning

A hybrid application includes a mixed-use masterplan by Urbed for the whole 5.5ha site, with detailed plans for an office-led first phase by FCBS.

The plot has remained stubbornly empty since the brewery closed in 1999, despite numerous attempts to redevelop it, including a scheme by CZWG for 1,000 new homes, shops and a hotel.

John Seager, chief executive of Siglion, the developer behind the new proposals, said: ’This is the first major speculative office development in Sunderland for many years.

’Even larger cities in the UK are rarely willing to speculate on office buildings, so this is a great step forwards we’re making for Sunderland.’

The overall masterplan includes 201 homes, plus commercial development including up to 2,499m² of retail and a hotel. It will also include the creation of an extended promontory to support the Keel Line, a 291m art work to commemorate the city’s shipbuilding heritage.

FCBS’s first phase includes 6,319m² of office space, plus 1,000m² of shops and restaurants.

The project is backed by Siglion, a joint venture between Sunderland City Council and developer Carillion, managed by Igloo Regeneration. The team said it was aiming to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating for the construction.

In 2013, FCBS and Urbed were named among a dozen outfits appointed to work on the scheme (see AJ 29.11.13).

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