Dec 10, 2021

Role: Strategic partner/advisor
Client: Sunderland City Council
Architect: Faulkner Brown
Other partners: BNP; Gleeds
Planned uses: multi-purpose leisure uses

Crowtree Leisure Centre, in the heart of Sunderland city centre, once housed everything from a swimming pool and ice rink to indoor bowls. It even hosted an edition of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow before being largely demolished in 2013.

Today, Milligan is working with the city council to explore a range of options for the site which will add to the attraction of the city centre appealing to a wide range of audiences, including families, young people, and students.

Options and ideas are in line with the Council’s 10 year investment programme for the city centre and riverside. They include plans to overhaul the station and the arrival experience for visitors along with plans to double the city centre population.

Working closely with BNP, Faulkner Brown Architects, and Gleeds we are exploring the site’s potential to host different types of multi-purpose leisure spaces including cinema, live events, bowling, cafes and restaurants. Designs will focus on making sure the new offer complements and connects with its surroundings and near neighbours.

The site sits in close proximity to The Bridges Shopping Centre,  Crowtree Green, the Fire Station, and the new developments around Keel Square including The Culture House and new 120 bed Holiday Inn.