This project consisted of the demolition of the original ‘Sunderland Echo’ building on a restricted site in the heart of Sunderland city centre on the banks of the River Wear and the construction of a 15 storey development consisting of 179 luxury apartments over 11 floors.
The work also included two A3 commercial units at ground floor level of approximately 5,000 sq ft each and a three-storey semi underground car park constructed below into the banks of the Wear providing parking for 160 cars.
The project required the erection of over 1,500t of steel, including a curved steel roof, which was bolted together from fabricated steel sheets and a 5m-wide galvanised steel balcony around the retail level.
A key aspect of this build was the prefabrication of the 350 bathroom pods, which resulted in saved time, reduced material handling, reduced wastage and increased quality. Regular off-site inspections during the production process ensured quality was achieved and delivery programme and sequence was maintained. As part of the development agreement, access was provided during the works to completed apartment shells to allow individually specified kitchens to be installed, furnishings and clients to occupy the apartments themselves.
This complex build was challenging due to its location, as well as the constraints placed upon the site by the carriageway and river embankment. Site logistics were critical to the project, and special considerations were necessary to manage deliveries and also carry out waste management for both the main works and the fit-out which followed.
Echo Building Limited was a joint-venture partnership between Glenrose Developments and Tolent , which was established to undertake the project. As a 50/50 shareholder, Tolent helped to finance the project whilst taking an equal share of all sales risks. More than 70% of the apartments were sold 12 months before the development was completed.
The Echo Building is an iconic development of 179 one, two and three bedroom apartments and duplexes providing exclusive, stunning views overlooking Sunderland’s quayside.
A key aspect of this build was the prefabrication of the 350 bathroom pods, which saved time, reduced wastage and material handling, while increasing quality.