Ideas front shop

Have your say on Riverside Sunderland plans

Sunderland City Council wants the people of Sunderland to help shape its ambitious plans for a new urban quarter in the heart of the city.

Riverside Sunderland will regenerate land on both sides of the River Wear, creating 1,000 new homes, 1 million sq. ft of office space, public buildings and cultural attractions.

Now people who live or work in Sunderland are being encouraged share their views on upcoming plans by visiting The Ideas Shop in The Bridges Shopping Centre between 23 – 25 January or attending a workshop at The Beam between 12 – 15 February.

The recent Let’s Talk Sunderland campaign showed that residents want a better city centre experience, including improved shopping and leisure offerings and a more attractive environment. The Ideas Shop will give the people of Sunderland a chance to talk about how Riverside Sunderland can help to make the city centre a great place to live, work and spend leisure time.

Sunderland City Council leader Cllr Graeme Miller said: “The creation of Riverside Sunderland will help to unlock the city’s untapped potential, making a huge contribution to our vision of a connected, international city with opportunities for everyone.

“We already have some outstanding architects and designers working on the Riverside Sunderland plan, but we want to work with communities to ensure that Riverside Sunderland reflects the needs and aspirations of all our citizens.”

The Ideas Shop will be open at the following times:

  • Thursday 23rd January 1.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Friday 24th January 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Saturday 25th January 10.00am – 4.00pm

The shop will remain open for a few weeks, so that visitors can drop in to look at the exhibition and leave feedback.

Sunderland residents will also be able to have their say at Imagining Riverside Sunderland, a four-day event which will be held in The Beam from Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 February – please register at: www.imagining-riversidesunderland.eventbrite.co.uk