Riverside Road

Riverside Road



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Number/street name:
St Marys Boulevard

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Proctor and Matthews Architects

Mawson Kerr Architects

Architect contact number:

Igloo Regeneration Ltd, Sunderland City Council.


Planning Authority:
Sunderland City Council

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Schedule of Accommodation:
4 x 1 bed terrace houses, 3 x 2 bed terrace houses, 38 x 3 bed terrace houses, 2 x 1 bed stacked maisonettes, 44 x 2 bed stacked masinettes, 13 x 1 bed apartments, 25 x 2 bed apartments, 3 x 3 bed apartments

Tenure Mix:
100% private rent

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No of parking spaces:
4 disabled parking spaces located on site with a further 100 spaces located in an offsite car barn

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Planning History

Planning submitted 01/02/2021 - planning awarded 20/07/2021

The Design Process

The Vaux neighbourhood forms the first phase of Riverside Sunderland’s transformation; a masterplan by Proctor and Matthews and local architects Faulkner Browns. Vaux, (masterplanned by Proctor and Matthews) includes detailed designs by both Proctor and Matthews and Mawson Kerr Architects and has been designed as an exemplar of high-density city living and working. The neighbourhood is inspired by the history, topography and rich cultural heritage of Sunderland, whilst adopting a Smart City infrastructure, and a sustainable development model that will contribute to the city’s carbon-neutral ambition.
Vaux will provide 91 houses and 41 apartments set on the edge of the dramatic River Wear gorge. Vaux will extend this district up to the escarpment edge, creating a bold new silhouette inspired by Sunderland’s historic industrial skyline.
The housing is arranged in five clusters creating a series of sheltered mews streets and courtyards; each with a distinctive character. Each cluster includes communal amenity spaces to encourage social interaction between neighbours and provide space for children to play close to home.
Three exemplar house types inspired by historic local precedents have been designed to suit 21st century living patterns. The homes will utilise Modern Methods of Construction and a range of sustainable and low carbon technologies (including Passivhaus) and renewable energy contributing to a city-wide commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030. All have home working space and private multi-level outdoor amenity space. Parking is located offsite in ‘car barns’ allowing the streets to become the focus of community life.
Designed to promote positive external activity and interaction; public squares, streets and play areas for children will provide a forum for events to take place and form spaces where people can meet to take in the views of the river gorge and wider city.

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Vaux is part of a wider City commitment to become a low-carbon economy, be carbon neutral by 2030, be digitally connected, enable people to live healthier lives, provide access to natural assets and deliver clean, green and safe neighbourhoods.
Due to be completed in time for the Sunderland Future Living Expo, a public event that will showcase a new way of city living and the transformation of Riverside Sunderland into one of the UK’s most sustainable and liveable cities for the 21st Century. Incorporating Sunderland’s first passivhaus development this car free development aims to be an exemplar of sustainable living.

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Scheme Information


  • Courtyard House
  • Multi-Aspect Apartments
  • Innovative House Types
  • Maisonettes
  • Mansion Block
  • Mews
  • Terrace
  • Town house


  • High density


  • PRS
  • Mixed Use


  • Large New Settlements


  • Contemporary Design
  • Local Vernacular
  • Modern methods
  • Off-site


  • Managing water use and run off (eg SuDS or water recycling)
  • Embodied energy in construction
  • Building energy in use (any target above Regs)
  • Biodiversity (eg Building with Nature)
  • Car usage or Active Travel (inc Building for a Healthy Life)

Outdoor areas

  • Private Terraces
  • Roof Gardens
  • Roof Terrace
  • Outside Terrace
  • Biodiversity
  • Garden

Surrounding Area

  • Healthy Streets
  • Landscape
  • Communal Spaces
  • Community Buildings
  • Play Spaces
  • POS
  • Public open space


  • Wheelchair
  • Community


Helping Sunderland City move towards a sustainable future, the homes at Vaux have been designed around energy and carbon reduction, using Modern Methods of Construction and a range of low carbon technologies and renewable energy. Key strategic decisions on density, outdoor space and car use contributing to the holistic environmental design. Key Achievements: • Homes designed to meet 2025 Future Homes Standard, with a 70 to 90% carbon reduction against Part L 2013 predicted. • Passivhaus accredited design for one Pele block. • Buildings targeted to meet RIBA 2025 embodied carbon target, achieving between 50 and 60% savings compared with current benchmarks. • Site calculated to achieve a biodiversity net gain of more than 10% • Building With Nature standards. • At design stage meeting Home Quality Mark 4 Star rating, demonstrating the high quality of the homes. • Designed to meet RIBA/LETI grade 'A' rating for embodied carbon. • EPC A rating Climate: Energy Strategy: Homes are designed to reduce their energy demand with fabric first approach. Air source heat pumps will provide low carbon heat with PV and batteries maximising the use of renewable energy. Good airtightness levels alongside high levels of insulation and MVHR systems / waste water heat recovery minimising energy demand. Whole Life Carbon Strategy minimising both embodied and operational carbon. Transport Strategy: Active travel solutions will be prioritised along with provision for low carbon mobility. Off site parking limiting car use with good connections to city and public transport. Circular Materials Strategy: By embracing circular economy principles, we will minimise our consumption of virgin materials, specify the use of low carbon and renewable materials as well as prioritise locally source options. Waste Strategy: We are adopting lean design methods to reduce waste throughout the entire lifecycle of our development. We are also putting in place strategies to reduce operational waste.