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Riverside Sunderland new office

New visuals of two proposed grade A office buildings in the centre of Sunderland - which form part of a major regeneration project for the city - have been unveiled.

Legal & General and Landid are behind the facilities at Riverside Sunderland, which will bring about 200,000 sq ft of high-end office space to the city.

The larger building will comprise 112,660 sq ft over six floors while the smaller will provide 94,991 sq ft over five floors.

James Silver, managing director at Landid, said: "Our plans for these buildings complement the new sites that are springing up on Riverside Sunderland, as well as older buildings in the heart of the city.  They’re both ambitious and sympathetic and we’re thrilled to be moving forward with them."

Legal & General has pumped £100m into the project. If planning permission is approved, work could begin early next year with completion scheduled for summer 2022.

Mike Coplowe, senior development manager at Legal & General, added: "Riverside Sunderland is a hugely ambitious development and these plans reflect that, delivering exceptional modern office spaces that we are sure will be attractive to businesses looking for a workplace that is good for the well-being of their team, as well as for the planet."

Stuart Mclarty, chief executive at dn-a architects, which designed the buildings, said: "These compelling new buildings will set an exemplar standard for Sunderland and the North East. 

"They have been conceived with the wellbeing of the user and the environment at the core of the design and will deliver ‘zero carbon in use’, with an all electric building, concept.  

"We are very excited to be part of this development and the extraordinary wider regeneration masterplan that will put Riverside Sunderland at the forefront of workplace demand."

The Riverside Sunderland Masterplan is aiming to create a "transformational" mixed-use site in Sunderland, comprising 1,000 new homes, parkland and a library dubbed Culture House.

Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "Riverside Sunderland is perhaps the most exciting regeneration project in the UK right now, and we’re delighted to have d-na, Legal & General and Landid working alongside us to help bring our ambitions to life."