November 1, 2018
The revival of the project to transform the former Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland through the appointment of a new construction partner has been enabled with support from law firm Sintons.
The redevelopment scheme for the 5.5 hectare site – Sunderland city centre’s most significant regeneration project – was forced to come to a halt earlier this year due to the collapse of Carillion, which had been leading the construction work.
However, through the recent appointment of Tolent as construction partner, work has now recommenced with contractors delivering the first development on site, The Beam. The venue will offer more than 59,000sq ft of office and leisure space, and is expected to welcome its first tenants in early 2019.
Team Valley-based Tolent – appointed to the scheme after a competitive tender by developer Siglion – has recently worked on a number of other significant Sunderland construction projects, including the Beacon of Light, Hilton Garden Inn and the Echo Building, which also houses Siglion’s headquarters.
The business has been supported in securing the Vaux site contract by law firm Sintons, with leading construction specialist Alex Rayner acting for Tolent and advising on the building contract for phase one of the redevelopment.
Paul Walker, regional commercial director at Tolent, says: “We are delighted to have been appointed to this project, which will build on the history of this site to create a fantastic mixed- use development which will be used by many generations to come. Our work on The Beam is already progressing strongly and we look forward to completing this significant building, which is already changing the face of Sunderland’s city centre.
“We are grateful to Alex and Sintons for their advice and assistance on this project.”
Alex Rayner, partner and head of construction and engineering at Sintons, says: “The Vaux site redevelopment is a landmark project for the region, particularly in terms of the impact it will have on Sunderland city centre by way of investment and job creation.
“The appointment of our client, Tolent, a highly- respected name in North East business, is a further boost to the region and our economy, with jobs being created as a result of securing this major contract. We are delighted to have been able to advise them on the agreement of the construction contract, which then allowed work on the site to recommence, and the creation of The Beam to get back on track.”