Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Piecing Together a City's Jigsaw; in Association with Fhm

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Piecing Together a City's Jigsaw; in Association with Fhm

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OVER the last three years regeneration company Sunderland arc has worked with its partners to piece together the jigsaw of key sites that will turn Sunderland into a city for the 21st century.

Sunderland arc is an Urban Regeneration Company founded in May 2002 by One NorthEast, Sunderland City Council and English Partnerships.

Urban Regeneration Companies (URCs) are independent organisations uniting national, regional and local stakeholders through a company structure.

The arc is one of the longest established URCs, and is a key component of the government's urban renaissance, aimed at the transformation of the economic and social life of cities.

It is responsible for leading and co-ordinating the regeneration of around 542 hectares on Wearside, of which some 319 hectares are brownfield development sites.

The area includes the south bank of the River Wear from Claxheugh to the Port, including Stadium Park, the Stadium of Light, St Peter's Campus and the National Glass Centre. It also includes the Monkwearmouth riverside on the north bank of the river. Some 1,750 businesses currently operate within the arc boundary.

The company operates in partnership with other bodies, primarily Sunderland City Council, One NorthEast, English Partnerships, TyneWear Partnership and the Sunderland Partnership (LSP), which have parallel roles in delivering community and business aspects of the city's regeneration.

The arc works with its partners to engage the private sector in the physical and economic regeneration of the agreed sites within its boundary, enhancing the environment of Sunderland, the city's economy and improving the lives of its people.

It puts great emphasis on community consultation and information, and this will continue for the foreseeable future.

Priorities for development include substantial sites like the Vaux Brewery and Farringdon Row, the historic quarter of Sunniside, the retail area of Holmeside, Stadium Park and Sheepfolds and the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor. …

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