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Refurbishment of 40 West Sunniside, Sunderland


Major refurbishment of a listed building and conversion to provide apartments and retail units

This contract was won by competitve tender. The project involved a complete refurbishment of the former Post Office Sorting Office in the centre of the City of Sunderland and it’s conversion for retail units on the ground floor with residential units on the floors above.

The Objective

The former sorting office is a prominent building in the Sunniside district of Sunderland. The aim was to bring about regeneration of the city centre and introduce residential uses back into the City. Our client, Gentoo (formerly Sunderland housing group) acquired the building as one of the first projects in this ambitious regeneration programme.

The building had been derelict for some time and represented a major challenge. Work included building new penthouse apartments to ‘top off’ the scheme and well as making many structural interventions to sub‐divide the building into attractive apartments.

C431-Sunnyside-02C431-Sunnyside-03The building site was restricted to the confines of the building its self and so materials storage and deliveries required careful planning. Deliveries were also restricted by local traffic conditions, requiring road and footpath closures.

The listed building required a major programme of works, involving new services to each of the apartments, complete fit outs of kitchens, bathrooms, fire escapes and internal circulation areas. The project also required the replacement of all the building’s timber sliding sash windows (replacements were manufactured in our own workshops by our Specialist Joinery Division).

The Solution

The converted building has proven to be a great success, shepherding in further regeneration projects ‐ including another major refurbishment at Central Buildings, Sunniside, which we completed for the same client. The project was completed on programme and within the contract
sum of £1,600,000.

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