A win­dow into for­mer Vaux site’s fresh start

Sunday Sun - - News - By KALI LIND­SAY Re­porter kali.lind­say@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Cllr Harry True­man and Julie El­liot MP put the last win­dow in place at the new build­ing on the site of the old Vaux Brew­ery in Sun­der­land IT was once a thriv­ing brew­ery em­ploy­ing hun­dreds of work­ers.

And now new life has been breathed into the for­mer Vaux site in Sun­der­land, as a ma­jor mile­stone has been reached.

The fi­nal panes of glass have been fit­ted into the first build­ing that will oc­cupy the site.

The build­ing, which will be­come a 60,000 sqft of­fice block, will in­clude a bar, cafe and restau­rant.

Siglion, which is a joint ven­ture be­tween Car­il­lion and Sun­der­land City Coun­cil, is de­liv­er­ing the de­vel­op­ment and it should be com­plete by June next year.

Harry True­man, the deputy leader of Sun­der­land City Coun­cil, said: “It is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic to be stand­ing here to­day, putting in place one of the fi­nal pieces of the jig­saw for this build­ing – one of a num­ber that will trans­form this im­por­tant site.

“Vaux rep­re­sents a truly spe­cial de­vel­op­ment propo­si­tion and one that will be ex­tend the foot­print of the city cen­tre, con­tribut­ing to a richer, more vi­brant Sun­der­land that we all can en­joy.”

Sun­der­land Cen­tral MP Julie El­liot joined rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Siglion, Igloo, Car­il­lion, agents Knight Frank and Nay­lors, and Sun­der­land City Coun­cil for a glaz­ing out cer­e­mony on Fri­day.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity bought the site from Tesco in 2011 af­ter the re­tailer pur­chased it and failed to build a su­per­mar­ket.

The coun­cil came to­gether with Car­il­lion in 2014, to form Siglion – which was man­aged by Igloo Re­gen­er­a­tion – in or­der to spur on re­gen­er­a­tion of the site, as well as four other lo­ca­tions in Sun­der­land.

And Coun True­man said the build­ing would be a driver for fur­ther eco­nomic growth in the city.

The build­ing, which was de­signed by ar­chi­tects Field Clegg Bradley Stu­dios, stands five storeys high and looks over the city cen­tre and Wear­mouth Bridge (pic­tured right).

The build­ing is heav­ily glazed and will soon see the out­side shell fit­ted with bronze­coloured brise soleil.

John Sea­ger, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Siglion, said: “This build­ing is a re­ally strik­ing one, and it is vis­i­ble across the city, a sym­bol of the rapid rate of change that Sun­der­land is see­ing in terms of the de­vel­op­ment of its built en­vi­ron­ment.

“We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be here to mark this sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone, and look for­ward to re­turn­ing to the site in a mat­ter of months, when the build­ing is com­plete and ready to be fit­ted out.”

IAIN BUIST

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