Two striking new buildings connected by a glass atrium, designed by leading architecture practice FaulknerBrowns are coming forward for consideration by Sunderland City Council’s planning committee. If the application is successfulI, it is thought work could begin on what would be the second phase of the VAUX site later in the year.

The new buildings are designed to accommodate a public sector hub for 1200 employees alongside a number of other public sector organisations – making use of shared facilities to take advantage of operational and cost efficiencies. The building will also include some commercial space.

John Seager, chief executive of Siglion, said: “It’s fantastic that, with weeks to go until we open our first building on site, The BEAM, we are already in a position to look ahead to phase two and submit a planning application.  This second building will provide an extremely flexible space with an ability to accommodate many types of different occupiers.

“VAUX will play a critical role in the regeneration of the whole city centre – so it is important that the second building – much like the first – is a space that can deliver a modern, efficient healthy, workplace, as well as a place that the public can enjoy.  Working with FaulknerBrowns, we have been able to design a space that – like The BEAM – raises the bar in the city and we are very hopeful that we will be on-site soon and getting this new development underway.”

The designs are set to be considered by Sunderland City Council’s planning committee within the next three months, and – if the application is approved – the development will deliver a further 150,000 sq ft of office space, large enough to accommodate up to 1,900 people, by 2021