The weather may have taken a wintery turn in Sunderland this week but it hasn’t slowed down progress on site at VAUX.

Siglion’s construction partners Tolent have been making huge strides in creating the distinctive public realm which surrounds The BEAM, the first building providing office space at Sunderland’s flagship city centre development VAUX on the former brewery site.

Today the engraved sets which form the Keel Line could be seen being put in place. This marks a symbolic stage in the progression of phase one as it is this unique feature which knits VAUX to the city, extending through Keel Square connecting with the cultural quarter and main shopping streets. The Keel Line commemorates Sunderland’s shipbuilding heritage, naming every ship launched on the Wear in close proximity to VAUX.

John Seager, Chief Executive of Siglion, said: “It’s really exciting to see these spaces coming together on site. From the outset we knew the public spaces were going to be crucial so we brought award-winning architects, urban designers and landscape architects together and challenged them to create an environment for business that connected with the city and had a heart and soul. It’s fantastic to see this emerging.

Phase one at VAUX is due for completion in the Spring 2019, with spaces available at The BEAM from April.