2022 is already shaping up to be a big year for Sunderland, with huge amounts of investment and new developments already in the works!

Here are 9 of the most exciting developments heading to Sunderland!


A game-changing £80m Sunderland arena



In January, Sunderland City Council set out a game-changing vision for the site of the former Crowtree Leisure Centre, with plans for a massive leisure investment anchored by a new 10,000-capacity, multi-purpose arena, that will bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city every year.

As well as this large indoor arena, the multi-use leisure development will feature a food hall, restaurants, a hotel and studios, together forming a unique destination that will have something for everyone!

The project has already attracted over £20m in funding from Sunderland City Council and the national Government.

This means the project will move into advanced design stages if Sunderland’s Cabinet sign off on the proposed budget for the scheme!

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Plans for a £25m Culture House unveiled


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Woah! Plans for a unique cultural attraction in Sunderland’s bustling city centre have taken a major step forward with a detailed planning application set to be submitted to the Council.

One of 9 exciting developments heading to Sunderland, the £25m Culture House will be a multi-purpose cultural venue, packed with features and a year-round programme of exciting activities.

It will combine a state-of-the-art city library and a permanent home for local history and archive collections with spaces for exhibitions, storytelling, learning, gaming, media, arts and crafts.

A café, a roof garden and welcoming social spaces will make Culture House a ‘living room in the heart of the city’, and the building will offer an exciting mix of immersive digital experiences and traditional media.

Stunning new images show a striking contemporary building, which will stand on the south side of Keel Square.

Culture House has been designed by award-winning local architects Faulkner Browns who were also responsible for the nearby City Hall. 

The £25m new building will provide more than 75,000sq ft of accommodation on four floors, and the project has secured funding from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

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Seaburn Promenade set for a big makeover


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Sunderland City Council are set to continue the transformation of the region’s seaside this year, with a programme of improvements to Whitburn Road that will see the walkway outside of Stack Seaburn and the Seaburn Inn undergo more than £1m of improvements, including new street furniture, planters and paving that will match the look of the eastern promenade.

The work is expected to get underway early this year and will complement the £10m improvement programme already completed at the seaside, with stunning public art, seating areas and planting in place in Seaburn and Roker.

The latest round of investment will deliver a more attractive walkway, with work targeted for completion by summer next year.

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Grade II Listed Stables at Sheepfolds to be transformed into lucrative £2m new venue



In January, Sunderland City Council and Building Design Northern announced visionary plans to breathe new life into the former Grade II Listed Stables at Sheepfolds!

The plans depict virtually derelict buildings that surround a large yard to the southern-west corner of the industrial site transformed into an exciting new food, drink and leisure venue with a £2m investment.

Music and performance on a large outdoor stage as well as an open-air yard which will play host to pop-up events, markets and daytime activity, will create a remarkable new place for residents and visitors to enjoy. 

The venue will be connected to the city centre by the new Wear footbridge that will provide a pedestrian and cyclist crossing between Sheepfolds and the former Vaux Brewery site, both of which are being spectacularly reimagined as part of Sunderland City Council’s Riverside Sunderland delivery plan.

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Blacks Corner to transform Seaburn Tram Shelter into a delicatessen



Plans to transform Seaburn Tram Shelter were given the green light in early January, as one of three historic buildings being revamped as part of an £850,000 investment from Sunderland City Council and The Coastal Communities Fund.

The plans, presented by East Boldon’s award-winning Blacks Corner, will see the creation of a new delicatessen that will be sympathetic to the history of the shelter, while creating an attractive addition to the seaside offer.

Now the listed building application – required given the shelter’s Grade II status – has been approved, the transformation of the shelter can begin, with the team from Blacks Corner set to work with the local community to understand how they can contribute to the plans for the important community asset, ensuring it becomes a real focal point and meeting place for residents of – and visitors to – Seaburn.

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Seaburn Bay Shelter to become a high-end restaurant 


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Ben Wall and Neil Bassett have officially been handed the keys to the historic Bay Shelter on Seaburn’s Lower Promenade, as they look to bring a ‘high-end’ seafood restaurant to the city.

The duo, who are also partners in Sunderland’s Mexico 70, The Little Shop and The Ship Isis, applied to take over the shelter last year and – following a competitive tender process – were chosen by Sunderland City Council to breathe new life into the historic site.

Serving up an array of seafood dishes inspired by cuisines across the globe, the menu will be made up of small and seasonal plates comprising sustainable, locally sourced produce that can be washed down with a range of natural wines and craft beers.

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Award-winning Indian restaurant, My Delhi, are opening a new spot in Sunderland 



Sunderland’s burgeoning hospitality scene will be welcoming a new face to the streets very soon, as the region’s beloved Indian street food restaurant, My Delhi, has confirmed it will open a second site in the city centre. 

Arriving in Newcastle city centre in May 2019, My Delhi has been at the forefront of the region’s food offering, creating authentic dishes that celebrate the rich traditions and unique ingredients from Delhi. 

Armed with multi-national-award-winning Executive Chef, Gaurav Dayal, My Delhi boasts a world-class team of culinary experts who have scooped some of the UK’s biggest accolades in recent weeks. 

My Delhi was recently crowned the Best Street Food Restaurant of the Year at the Asian Curry Awards in London back in November.

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Sunderland’s brand new public park on the Riverside



Walking routes and woodlands along the River Wear could soon be blooming with new species of wildflowers and trees, thanks to ambitious plans to improve the area’s biodiversity.

Planners at Sunderland City Council have tasked a team of woodland management experts with improving biodiversity and retaining and protecting high-quality trees along the city’s riverside.

Spanning 13.7 hectares and featuring a water space of 5.3 hectares, the project will be the first stage of establishing Riverside Park, an area of high-quality green space, woodland and nature walks at the heart of Riverside Sunderland. 

Wrapping around the proposed new urban communities of Vaux, Farringdon Row, Ayres Quay, Sheepfolds and Bonnersfield, Galleys Gill will sit at the heart of the park and will be home to a range of facilities, including proposals for a children’s playground and skate park, enhanced natural habitat including woodland and wildflower meadows.

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Forward-thinking housing plans unveiled for old Civic Centre site 



In February housing plans were announced for the civic centre building site to create a new residential community in the city.

Due to the opening of City Hall in 2021 and the phased relocation of council staff, developers have proposed plans to demolish the unused civic centre buildings and create a shiny new residential area!

The plans are set to go ahead following a public consultation event – keep your eyes on Sunderland Vibe for more information on the project! 

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