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The search is on for new contractors to continue work at the Vaux site project in Sunderland

Credit: Sunderland City Council

The search is on for new contractors to continue work at the Vaux project in Sunderland.

The development of the former brewery site was halted in January when the construction firm Carillion collapsed.

It had been working with the council on the plans and, with legal formalities now complete, the authority can now find a new builder.

Subject to the tenders, an announcement about site work starting again will be made in coming weeks.

Artist impression of the site Credit: Sunderland City Council

Though the news of Carillion’s collapse was a set-back, this has only served to galvanise the city in its determination to deliver job creating development at Vaux.

Vaux has always been a flagship site and many have described it as a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity.

This development is one about expanding the footprint of our city centre, and bringing more jobs and economic prosperity to Sunderland."

– Councillor Harry Trueman, Leader of Sunderland City Council
The council acquired the site form Supermarket chain Tesco.
Council prepared the Vaux site for development by removing contaminated materials and demolition.
Re-modelling of the city centre was completed with the creation of the Keel Square.

Long-term plans remain to develop the former brewery site into a new business district to create more city centre jobs, offices and pedestrian traffic.

It is hope this will bring more investment into the city.