Office Development at Plots 16, 17 and 18 of the former Vaux site at Riverside Sunderland


Welcome to the public consultation website for the proposed development of two new office buildings across Plots 16, 17 and 18 of the former Vaux site at Riverside Sunderland.


DPP will shortly be submitting a planning application on behalf of Landid and Legal & General to Sunderland City Council for the development of two new office buildings across plots 16, 17 and 18 at Riverside Sunderland, and we are providing you with the opportunity to view and comment on the scheme in advance of this submission.

In light of the Government’s advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have elected to consult interested parties using a combination of online and offline methods, including a leaflet and letter drop and the creation of this online consultation webpage. This public consultation is an opportunity for you to engage with our vision for the site and to provide us with valuable feedback which will help shape the future of the site.

We ask that you provide your feedback on the proposals by email or post (details below).

The Proposal

The site is situated in a highly sustainable location in Sunderland City Centre, the former Vaux site, which has been vacant since the demolition of the Vaux Brewery in 1999.  A hybrid planning application (planning application reference: 15/02557/HY4) for the wider development of the Riverside Sunderland site was approved in August 2016 and the proposed development relates to Zone F of the outline masterplan.  The flagship development of the site, The Beam is already constructed and operational, and the new Civic Hub is currently under construction.

Landid and Legal & General are seeking to construct two new Grade A office buildings with a range of ancillary uses, including small-scale retail and restaurants/cafés, along with associated landscape works.

The two buildings will comprise 6-storeys (Building 1) and 5-storeys (Building 2) respectively. Each floor in both of the proposed buildings will be capable of subdivision into 2 or more separate tenancy zones to allow the building to be let to multiple occupants.

The proposed spaces for small-scale retail and restaurants/cafés are ancillary to the primary function of the buildings as office space and are permitted under the maximum use parameters of the approved outline Masterplan Framework for the wider site.

The elevational concept for both buildings follows a simple disciplined grid expression of post and beam allowing a variety of façade treatments which subtly complement each other and will sit well across from the new Civic Hub. The use of materials such as masonry, brick, high performance aluminium glazing systems and metal infill cladding, will create a timeless quality aesthetic. The developers have high sustainability aspirations for the construction of the office buildings and are targeting BREEAM Excellent, and have aspirations of being WELL gold certified.  The scheme will include sensitive landscaping and lighting to align with the wider Masterplan landscaping vision for the Riverside Sunderland site.

The proposed development will provide large scale, flexible Grade A office space, which will assist in the creation of a new sustainable urban neighbourhood and a new gateway into Sunderland’s urban core.  Additionally, the development will assist the City Council in meeting its overall development strategy for the City; including creating at least 7,200 new jobs and developing at least 95ha of employment land, ultimately maintaining and enhancing the vitality and viability of Sunderland City Centre by continuing to regenerate this brownfield site.

Exceptional quality redevelopment of this long-vacant city centre site will be of considerable local and regional importance and will play a large part in facilitating the ongoing sustainable growth and development of Sunderland City Centre, whilst at the same time significantly improving the vitality and appearance of a strategic site within the City.

 Providing your feedback

We would welcome any feedback you may have on the proposed development. Please send any comments you may have by email to

Alternatively, please feel free to post your comments to:

DPP Planning, Milburn House, Dean Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1LF

Please submit your comments on or before Monday 17th August 2020.

 Once the planning application has been submitted, full details will be available on Sunderland City Council’s website.


Proposed Site Layout

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Riverside 1

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Riverside 3

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Riverside 5

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