The first of its kind in the UK, Beacon of Light is Sunderland’s most innovative sports and education facility built over five storeys; occupying 4.75 hectares and designed as a cube-shaped structure which illuminates the city skyline at night.
Ideally located adjacent to the Sunderland Aquatic Centre and the Stadium of Light, Beacon of Light is an iconic addition to the North East. Inclusive and easily accessible, the facility welcomes around 6,000 people a week and acts as a community hub for everyone who wants to take part in exciting programmes to improve their lives and prospects.
Beacon of Light has a strong focus on the community which is emulated in the facilities, which include a crèche to support Back to Work and Occupational Training facilities which are provided by local businesses, in addition to a Health & Wellbeing Education Centre.
The facility features five storeys of sports halls, football pitches, informal learning spaces and state-of-the-art education suites, designed to facilitate four interactive zones: Education; Health & Wellbeing; Sport & Play; and World of Work.
Beacon of Light demonstrates Tolent’s ability to deliver a unique multi-faceted sports & education facility; coupling innovative materials with modern design principles, whilst achieving the client’s budget.
Having picked up regional awards including LABC’s Best Educational Building, the RIBA North East Project Award and the RICS Community Benefit, Tourism and Leisure and North East Project of the Year titles, the project also won the RICS national Community Benefit Award in October 2019.