Building Design Northern are leading the £2m transformation of the Stables at Sheepfolds, Sunderland.
Planning permission has been accepted to transform the Grade II listed stables into an exciting new food, drink and leisure venue. Historically utilised as a stables for working horses, and more recently as car storage, BDN have acquired the derelict buildings to transform them into a vibrant new city centre venue.
The venue will be connected to the city centre by the new Wear footbridge that will provide a pedestrian and cyclist crossing between Sheepfolds and the former Vaux Brewery site, both of which are being spectacularly reimagined as part of Sunderland City Council’s Riverside Sunderland delivery plan.
The plans for the Sheepfolds Stables building, designed by BDN, have been granted permission by Sunderland City Council. They include eight shop-fronted units, as well as two open courtyards, providing attractive outdoor spaces for events and entertainment.
They will look to run a range of events, including pre-match events, markets and concerts in the venue, which will draw visitors from the city and beyond. A contemporary extension will be added to the grade II listed stables, whilst also utilising and maximising the current historic buildings and outdoor space.
Essential building work started in January to ensure the building remained safe. Works are now able to accelerate on the redevelopment of the space, with a view to it opening its doors during 2023.
Occupiers joining the Sheepfolds line up include Zinc, a seafood focused restaurant ran by Michelin Guide Chef John and Kimberley Calton, Hairy Biker’s star Si King, as well as RESINN, a concept coffee shop and Speyside Distillers, who will open ‘The Spey Snug’ whisky lounge.
Businesses interested in finding out about the retail and commercial spaces within the building should contact BDN, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 535 6189.