Cultural Quarter takes centre stage

Pete Johnson
February 1, 2016

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The MAC Trust experienced a fantastic start to the new year with the second phase of their redevelopment masterplan to create a Cultural Quarter – the refurbishment and remodelling of the Old Fire Station– securing both planning permission and£2.4m of Heritage Lottery funding during January.

The Old Fire Station, which is located on High Street West in Sunderland, was originally built in 1907 but has stood empty since 1992. The Trust now plan to convert the old Edwardian station into a multi-cultural facility, with the proposals including a bar and restaurant, café, Dance City studio space, theatre and exhibition space.

Identity Consult are looking forward to continuing their support to the Trust through the provision of Cost Management and Project Management services, with the scheme due to start on site in August 2016.

Paul Callaghan, Trustee of the MAC Trust said: “We are delighted to receive this support from HLF for the Fire Station project.

“Thanks also to Sunderland City Council who have been strong supporters. This funding will allow us to bring back into use an iconic building that will be a fantastic heritage and cultural asset for the Sunderland.

“The Trust is very pleased to be working with the team from Identity Consult who we know share our commitment to regenerating the city and restoring such a wonderful building.”