URBED's Vaux brewery masterplan shortlisted for the 2017 Urban Design Awards.

20 Jan 2017 9:45 am

Rebuilding the city

In 2012, having successfully fought off plans for a Tesco megastore on the site, Sunderland City Council set out on a journey to create a new and distinctive business district and urban quarter at Vaux. The major challenge was how to achieve this vision in a city with one of the weakest office markets in the country, the lowest start up rate for businesses in England and a gradually shrinking population.

Initially developed as part of igloo and Carillion's bid for the project back in 2014, URBED were commissioned by Siglion (a subsequent joint venture between Sunderland City Council, Carillion and managed by igloo Regeneration) to further develop the masterplan for the site.
The team's response was to create a scheme that provided an alternative to the out-of-town business parks that dominate the local regional office market and draw people back into the city. Vaux’s proximity to the city centre and the train station makes it an ideal location to create a new walkable neighbourhood that begins to reconstruct the city centre.

View all the shortlisted entries here.



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