One of the North East’s most high-profile developments of 2019 is set to open its doors this Spring, transforming the skyline of Sunderland city centre

THE BEAM, a 59,000 sq ft office development on the iconic Vaux Brewery site, will be the region’s only new Grade A city centre office space to open this year.

Standing five storeys high, the flagship development will provide high quality office space in the heart of the city centre and will also include ground floor space suitable for retail and leisure opportunities overlooking the River Wear and the Wearmouth Bridge.

Sunderland City Council and Siglion – alongside letting partners, Naylors and Knight Frank – have been marketing the site to prospective tenants and a wide range of businesses have already been to see the building with various discussions ongoing. It is thought the first occupier will be announced soon.

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council and chair of Siglion, said: “It’s a stunning building, and a key first step in the creation of a vibrant city centre as the wider VAUX site is developed.

“We’ve already had significant interest from a number of potential tenants and we’re very confident of converting this interest into lettings.

“Not only will it provide a huge boost to the local economy, but it will add to the already impressive offering of Keel Square and the Cultural Quarter and will help transform the city centre.

“THE BEAM is a central pillar to our ambitions for the city centre, with a £0.5 billion boost for the area planned to 2030, and it’s a wonderful sight to see.”

THE BEAM – which boasts stunning panoramas of the city – will accommodate businesses looking for contemporary working environments from as little as 2,500 sq ft right up to the full floorplate. It has been designed with wellbeing in mind, with bright open spaces and natural ventilation. Externally the high quality public realm environment and streetscape will promote a healthy work-life balance. Its central location means it is just a five-minute walk from local Metro, bus and rail links as well as it being easily accessible by road. There are also riverside walks and cycle routes just a stone’s throw away, as well as Sunderland’s coastline in close proximity.