Public   MACQ Auditorium

The Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust is developing a Music, Arts and Cultural Quarter (MACQ) in the centre of Sunderland, that will restore and re-establish the area’s previous importance as the Edwardian heart and soul of the city.

The MACQ will encompass a series of fine buildings all built in Sunderland’s heyday in the early 1900s, and a new auditorium designed by Flanagan Lawrence. Within the quarter will be the already successful Empire, the Dun Cow and the Londonderry pubs.

The brief for the Music and Cultural Quarter is to develop a new cultural facility, built around the newly refurbished Dun Cow pub and the renovation of the adjacent Fire Station, which is currently underway. A key driver of the brief is to address Sunderland’s lack of appropriately sized specialist venues for music.

The new auditorium is designed to accommodate audiences of 450 people seated or 750 people standing. The hall will be designed to work equally well for amplified music or a natural acoustic, for the staging of drama, dance or comedy, and conference events. Foyers and back of house accommodation will serve the hall. The venue will capitalise on the surrounding public open space and create a destination in the heart of Sunderland. It will form a natural partner to the restaurants, bars, and drama and dance rehearsal spaces proposed in and around the Fire station.

The Auditorium and the Fire Station will form a continuous façade to the public square. Above the glazed foyer the new building will be clad in terracotta brise soleil, matching the colour and tone of the red brickwork of the Fire Station. Views through the terracotta to the interior of the foyer reveal the form of the auditorium within.

Client    Sunderland Music, Arts And Culture Trust
Location    Sunderland
Status    Planning Approved

Area    1,670 sqm
Cost    £7,000,000
Project Manager    Buckley Burnett
Cost Consultant    Identity Consult
Structural Consultant    WSP Structure
Services Consultant    WSP M&E
Acoustician    Arup
Venues Consulant    Arup
Fire Engineer    Design Fire Consultants
DDA Consultant    Arup
CDM Consultant    Faithful and Gould

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