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Tolent restarts work on £100m Carillion scheme

Work has restarted on a £100m regeneration scheme in Sunderland that shut down following the collapse of Carillion in January.

Sunderland City Council’s development partner Siglion has appointed Tolent Construction to complete one of the site’s main buildings, the Beam.

Gateshead-based Tolent has now commenced work on the building, which will provide 59,000 sq ft of office and leisure space close to Sunderland city centre.

The Vaux site was closed down following Carillion’s liquidation, with workers told not to return to the site. No work has taken place since January.

In March, Siglion launched a new procurement process to find contractors to finish the scheme. It is now expected that the Beam building will be completed in early 2019.

The council confirmed that many of the workers that had been working on the site when Carillion collapsed have now been hired by Tolent to finish the building.

Tolent has delivered a number of schemes in Sunderland over recent years, including the Echo Building and the Beacon of Light Leisure Centre next to the football club’s Stadium of Light.

Tolent regional director David Thompson said: “Building work is well advanced, but there is much to do to complete it, and we’re looking forward to getting this hugely important building completed, working with our established network of subcontractors, who we know will deliver this project to an exceptional standard.”

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