Contractor: BAM Construction

Project Value: £100,000

Architect: Redbox Architecture (building architect) and Oobe (landscape architect)

Stone: Stanton Moor Ashlar Sandstone

Completed: 2014


In November 2014, plans were approved for a new £29 million vocational campus for Sunderland College. It was decided that the campus would be 11,500 square metres and be located on the land opposite Park Lane bus station. The new state of the art campus building will accommodate up to 2,000 students and over 120 staff whose spending power will assist in the regeneration of the city centre.

Transforming the main campus image, these new contemporary buildings for Sports and the Visual and Performing arts have also been designed to create a stunning new central focal point and external space for students and visitors to the College.

BAM Construction were appointed the main contractor for this project and they enlisted the services of PMJ Masonry to undertake all of the eye catching natural stone work. Seen as an attraction from the main visitor car park, the entrance to the new building sits within a large stone feature wall.

Utilising 75mm Ashlar Sandstone, PMJ Masonry cladded the external façade up to a full height atrium and glass elevation which is further articulated by the main public stairs which rise through the space leading to the main performing hall.

A truly eye catching building that represents modern design. It will surely grab the attention of all who pass by!