In Leisure, New Project, Newcastle

On behalf of Sunderland City Council DPP have submitted a planning application for a multi-purpose cultural venue in Sunderland City Centre, known as Culture House.

Culture House has been designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects and will comprise a state of the art city library, a home for local history and archive collections as well as spaces for exhibitions, storey telling, learning, media, arts and crafts. The £25m new building forms a key element of the Council’s Riverside Sunderland Masterplan and has secured funding from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

DPP were responsible for co-ordinating and managing the planning application submission. This involved undertaking early pre-application discussions with the LPA and Historic England and preparing the detailed planning application with inputs from the design and technical team. The application was submitted in late 2021 and is due to be determined in Spring 2022.

Speaking about the application submission, Director Jo Robison said:

We are delighted to be appointed by Sunderland City Council to bring forward this next stage of the Riverside Sunderland Masterplan following our involvement on other elements of the Masterplan including, the New Wear Footbridge and Riverside Offices. Culture House is an exciting project which will provide a new unique cultural attraction for the city centre and we very much look forward to seeing it come to fruition.

Images: Faulkner Browns Architects

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