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Riverside Sunderland

Major masterplan to redevelop the former Vaux Brewery, Farringdon Row and Sheepfolds areas creating new neighbourhoods in the heart of the city centre.

Masterplan of the councils vision of Sunderland

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Sunderland, United Kingdom



Sunderland City Council



Fielden Clegg Bradley

Faulkner Browns


Mawson Kerr

Proctor Matthews

The Riverside Sunderland masterplan will provide 1,000 homes, one million ft2 of commercial space, as well as parks and public areas. New infrastructure includes a new footbridge across the River Wear, connecting the former Vaux site with the Sheepfolds. The scheme will reinvent Sunderland city centre and bring focus back to the historic River Wear. City Hall is a catalyst for further development and regeneration of Riverside Sunderland and the wider Sunderland city centre.

Our team has been involved from the start, first securing planning approval for Vaux and then the wider site. Our engineering teams have played a central role in defining the masterplan and phasing across the whole scheme.

Gary Marshall, Partner commented, “The transformation of the Vaux is easily one of the most ambitious regeneration projects in the UK. The masterplan has grown extensively since its inception and we are proud to continue our work on future developments."

Key fact

The masterplan originally only contained the former Vaux site. Following recent investment, it now covers the majority of Sunderland’s city centre


Key fact

The plan aims to deliver 1,000 sustainable homes and attract new people to the city, offering riverside views and great transport links.


Key fact

Riverside Sunderland will transform a 32-hectare site in the heart of the city into a dynamic, carbon-neutral urban quarter.


Ian Cansfield in a meeting room with glass window background wearing a blue suit and shirt

Ian Cansfield

Director, Planning and EIA

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We are delighted to see our work expand from the Vaux Regeneration project to the strategic masterplan development that will re-invigorate the whole of central Sunderland and secure a prosperous future for the area.



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