Sheepfolds Stables

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Sheepfolds Stables


Building Design Northern are leading the £2m transformation of the Sheepfolds Stables, 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, 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 existing structures on the site were considered to be in very poor condition, and required extensive remedial works to bring back into appropriate use. Our design team, therefore, carefully considered each building by their historic merit to inform the design proposals, restoring them for appropriate use.

The plans for the Sheepfolds Stables building, designed by BDN, include eight shop-fronted units, as well as two open courtyards, providing attractive outdoor spaces for events and entertainment.

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