Partnerships North East in line for major Wearside project

Our Partnerships North East division has been named as the preferred developer for a major Wearside residential project.

Sunderland City Council’s cabinet this week agreed the deal, paving the way for the creation of a new 275 home neighbourhood on its civic centre site – which it will vacate later this year.

The project will include significant provision of affordable housing, while properties for sale will be marketed by our Linden Homes brand. The proposal we submitted most closely aligned with the council’s vision and aspirations for its redevelopment plans.

The scheme will include areas of formal and informal amenity space and enhanced pedestrian and multi-user links to Sunderland City Centre. Of particular note is a proposal to recreate Saint George’s Square – bomb damaged during the Second World War and lost to redevelopment in the 60s – with the Grade II listed Saint George’s House as its focal point. The new streetscapes will be sensitive to the nearby Ashbrooke Conservation Area.

North East Managing Director, Sean Egan, said: “We are delighted that our bid to create a modern new community, whilst enhancing the green links to other important parts of the city has been so well received by the council.

“We aim to create an attractive new residential quarter that sits comfortably within the surrounding architecture, with a focus on green space that encourages community use. It will be a fantastic and inclusive neighbourhood with its own distinctive character, providing a new housing offer in close proximity to the city centre.”

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, added: “We’re delighted to have attracted such a strong field of proposals from developers who saw the vast potential of this prominent city centre site. When developed, it will deliver a stunning new place to live that increases city centre population and footfall – supporting the daytime and evening economy. It will play a significant part in the development of a more dynamic, prosperous city centre, bringing more spending power into the heart of Sunderland.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted in late autumn and that demolition of the old civic centre could get underway in early 2022.