Sunderland riverside office development given green light for 2021 construction

An application for new commercial space in the heart of Sunderland has been given planning consent.

Submitted by Legal and General and developer Landid, the plans include the creation of commercial office spaces totalling 200,000 sq ft.

The buildings will comprise 112,660 sq ft and 94,991 sq ft of Grade A office space respectively, with the larger building set across six floors and the smaller across five.

Mike Coplowe, senior development manager at Legal & General commented: “We’re delighted that planning consent has been granted, paving the way for us to move ahead with two fantastic additions to Sunderland’s commercial property portfolio.

“This is a world-class regeneration site and these will be two excellent buildings, that will appeal to ambitious companies that want to be part of a vibrant new community.”

James Silver, managing director at Landid, said: “The wider vision for Riverside Sunderland is spectacular and these buildings will slot in beautifully.

“The buildings will match the quality of the UK’s major cities, creating places where people will enjoy working and where businesses will be part of a vibrant mixed-use community.”

Work is expected to start early next year on the developments, which are part of a Sunderland City Council-led vision to deliver more than 1 million sq ft of office space across the Riverside Sunderland development, creating workspaces for up to 10,000 people.

Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, added: “This is yet another positive step forward for this significant development site. It’s fantastic news that it’s been given the green light.”