Introducing a buzzing new district in the heart of Sunderland – Riverside Sunderland!
Think stunning homes, offices and venues as thousands of people enjoy living the a good life in the city…
Riverside Sunderland is city centre living for a new age. A reimagined heart of Sunderland. Dynamic and distinctive – a world-class place to live, work and play.
And this vision for the city centre is hurtling ahead, as a masterplan to reinvigorate Riverside Sunderland – the emerging heart of the city centre – has been shared by Sunderland City Council.
The masterplan, which is backed by millions of pounds of public and private sector investment, will transform the former Vaux Brewery site and surrounding areas like Sheepfolds, Galley’s Gill, and High Street West. It will create the UK’s first carbon- neutral urban quarter in a stunning location on the banks of the River Wear, with dramatic views across the city.
FORWARD THINKING PLANS >>
Sunderland City Council’s bold and ambitious plans will move the city centre to a new level and strengthen connections to the rest of the city.
A first wave of projects is already underway, including the new City Hall, and the 450-seat Auditorium, part of the Fire Station arts complex. Work will start soon on the 120-room Holiday Inn in Keel Square.
The masterplan will build on these early wins, with headline proposals including:
- 1,000 new homes to buy and rent in four sustainable city centre neighbourhoods
- The creation of a new central business district, with 1 million square feet of modern office space, home to 10,000 jobs
- The transformation of Galley’s Gill into a wonderful landscape park, and new green spaces in the heart of the city
- New bridges across the river for walkers and cyclists
- Plans to create the Culture House – a state of the art library and community hub that will attract 600,000 visitors a year.
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“Riverside Sunderland is a vision that will transform a part of the city that has vast potential. It’s a masterplan that will reinvigorate the city in a wider sense too – creating a place we can be proud to call the heart of Sunderland,” says Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council.
“It’s a vision that we know is deliverable, and that will be truly game-changing for Sunderland. We’re aiming high because it’s what our residents deserve and it’s what the city needs – vision backed by a determination to deliver.
“Riverside Sunderland is just the beginning. Sunderland is springing back to life. We’re seeing more and more investment flooding into it. The private sector is alive to the opportunities and that is bringing about transformation at a pace not seen for decades.
“This will be a place where people want to live, work and play. Aspirational families will move here. Corporates will see this as a place they want to do business – and they will bring teams who will spend their money in our city centre and stimulate its economic growth by day and by night. Visitors will come to enjoy our unique offer – riverside, seaside and city centre.
“This masterplan is our blueprint for the development of Sunderland, and we’re very proud to be driving it.”
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