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Special status for historic heart of Sunderland



A scheme aimed at preserving and regenerating the historic heart of Sunderland is one of only ten in the country to secure special status.

The area, which takes in Fawcett Street, the Old Sunderland and Riverside conservation areas and High Street East and West is the first in the region to be granted Heritage Action Zone status (HAZ). High Street West High Street West The scheme has been set up by Historic England with the aim of unlocking the potential of historic areas to help them achieve economic growth.

Sunderland hopes to use its Heritage Action Zone status to address Heritage at Risk in the area through a programme of building conservation projects. It also plans to link this heritage-led regeneration to other strategic regeneration schemes in the area at the same time as using it to strengthen the area’s links with cultural initiatives such as the Tall Ships' 2018 and the city’s City of Culture bid.

Read more at: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/our-r...us-for-historic-heart-of-sunderland-1-8326990

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The Sunderland HAZ will cover Mackies and surrounding buildings. Going to start a thread on that as it will be a big project over the next 5 years.
 

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The Sunderland HAZ will cover Mackies and surrounding buildings. Going to start a thread on that as it will be a big project over the next 5 years.
Team to breathe new life into Old Sunderland High Street East, the heart of Old Sunderland High Street East, the heart of Old Sunderland Kevin Clark Email New life will be breathed into Old Sunderland with a little help from a Government cash boost. The area – centred around High Street East and the East End – is one of 28 nationwide to benefit from a new Coastal Community Team.

Read more at: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/team-to-breathe-new-life-into-old-sunderland-1-8344008

The people leading the team have been announced. They really need to get this right. Most visitors we have to Sunderland coming via University - i.e for visits pre-enrolment etc, don't even know this part of town is here.

A few flagship attractions would be great.
 

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More good news. Hopefully we will see a resurgence in the old buildings of Sunderland, some new additions of similar scale and character would be more than welcome too.
 

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New "Heritage Action Zone" for Sunderland

This from the Sunderland Echo,--

Plans aim to revive former commercial heart of Sunderland



Ambitious plans are now underway to help bring one of Sunderland’s oldest neighbourhoods back to life as part of a new Heritage Action Zone.

Sunderland’s high street heritage – including Fawcett Street, High Street East and West and Church Street East – will be transformed through a new partnership project led by Historic England and Sunderland City Council. These streets were once at the very heart of the city but declined as commercial activity moved west, leaving a legacy of key historic buildings in poor condition.

Councillor Mel Speding said "Sunderland is one of ten Heritage Action Zones across the country and is the first place in the North East to secure this special status. The intensive programme of research, repair and regeneration will rely on residents and businesses to get involved".

The project builds on work by Sunderland City Council and partners to revive historic Sunderland and reconnect it with the modern city centre.

Read more at: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/our-r...rmer-commercial-heart-of-sunderland-1-8446663

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First application in for the HAZ:

17/00675/LB4 | Repair and conservation of the existing building fabric to include the replacement of stainless steel flashing and cement render to parapet and roof, replacement of battened plasterboard ceiling to the nave, strengthening works to the northern stair, replacement of existing windows, re-pointing external walls and roof repairs. | Holy Trinity Church Church Street East Sunderland SR1 2BB

http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/online...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=ONOSKABBG4Q00
 

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First application in for the HAZ:

17/00675/LB4 | Repair and conservation of the existing building fabric to include the replacement of stainless steel flashing and cement render to parapet and roof, replacement of battened plasterboard ceiling to the nave, strengthening works to the northern stair, replacement of existing windows, re-pointing external walls and roof repairs. | Holy Trinity Church Church Street East Sunderland SR1 2BB

http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/online...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=ONOSKABBG4Q00
Good to see the start of buildings being proposed for work,--lets hope there are more Heritage buildings which need repairing looked at,--cheers.
 

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It's probably separate to the HAZ as it's the church society with the application. Good to see though as this will combine with other works due in the short term to revitalise some of the lovely buildings in the east end.
 

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Further app in for Holy trinity:

17/00674/FU4 | Change of use from Church to new community venue and heritage attraction together with various external works and installation of new drainage facilities | Holy Trinity Church Church Street East Sunderland SR1 2BB


http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/online...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=ONOSK3BBG4P00

Looks as though this is indeed the first part of the HAZ
Yes,-- Holy Trinity Church is part of the History and Heritage of Sunderland,--so pleased this work will help this lovely old building to become a community venue.
 

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I've said this on another forum but anyone wondering whether sunderland has nice architecture just needs to look up. In fact that should be the name of their campaign...'Look Up'. Nasty cheapo shop fronts are temporary but there are marvelous buildings behind them.

Gentrification of Sunderland will take a while and a lot of inward investment but we should take care of what we have
 

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Completely agree Boris, parts of High Street East still retain 100% glory such as the Eagle building but as you say most have modern shopfronts all different, I think a simple step to make things look better in the short term would be to unify the colour coding of the shopfronts, I'm sure that would be a good first step and one which would be cost effective.
 

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Agree regarding shop fronts. I wish there was more for visitors to the city to see and do east of Fawcett Street, as it would certainly give a better impression. I'd love to see the empty land built on with some decent modern buildings to compliment the old ones that are left.

I just wish there was a quick and easy solution to attracting some high end retailers and independents to compliment that part of town. The buildings on High Street West along from Mackies corner would love very impressive with beautiful shop fronts instead of looking sorry for itself. We really need to make the most of out of these buildings now after losing so many in the past.
 

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Aye true, High street East development sites need bringing forward!

I know people have mentioned that there could be more to come down there after the new Tombola headquarters but there doesn't seem to be any signs of that yet, hopefully a comprehensive masterplan is brought forward by the HAZ team with finance/investment for not just restoration projects but also new projects to ensure their frontages are sympathetic and complimentary to their surroundings with the use of lots of traditional brick and stone.
 

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This from 103.4 Sun FM News,--

Discovering our heritage on Wearside



9:26am 18th April 2017
(Updated 9:31am 18th April 2017)

It's less than 3 weeks until you'll get the chance to explore Sunderland's Heritage Action Zone.

Sunderland's 1 of 10 across the country, and is the first place in the North East to secure the status.

A programme of regeneration is being coordinated by a new Project Manager, working with the local community.

Barbara Hooper from Historic England explains the importance of Heritage Action Zones.

Read more https://www.sun-fm.com/news/local/2270645/discovering-our-heritage-on-wearside/
 

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Wonder if Mackies Corner and the Hutchinson Buildings will get some TLC,--

they are lovely old Buildings--fingers crossed,--I took this photo today,--

 

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I just wish Gentoo would get their finger out and convert the upper floors to plush apartments. Or even as was mentioned before an Aparthotel there would be great.
 

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I just wish Gentoo would get their finger out and convert the upper floors to plush apartments. Or even as was mentioned before an Aparthotel there would be great.
Either that or a plush hotel? It's ideally situated between Sunnyside, Keel Square and Vaux. If they sort the train station and put an attractive entrance where Littlewoods/Poundshop is then it it would really improve that part of town?
 

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Wish we could attract something upmarket for these buildings, be it retail, food etc

Nice apartments on the upper floor(s).

And the white building next door (on Bridge Street) given a face lift to fit in better.
 
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