Entec Design Ltd

Entec Design Ltd

Fire Station Auditorium




Howard Litchfield/Flanagan Lawrence

Sunderland Culture

Main Contractor:
Brims Construction

Materials / System Type:
NBK Terracotta Baguettes/Tiles, Schueco Curtain Walling + Windows/Doors, Eltherington Hidden Fix Aluminium Rainscreen.


The Project

Located in the heart of Sunderland’s cultural quarter the Fire Station Auditorium is a re-development of the locally loved 1907 Fire Station turning it into a 21st century venue with a 20th century twist.

Entec were tasked with developing a façade design that not only allowed the passage of light in through the vast glazing expanses but also held firm to surrounding buildings synonymous with this area with a striking use of terracotta baguette blades to mask the modern exterior façade. This in itself gave us many engineering challenges – not least how to support terracotta from glass!

Due for completion late 2021 the auditorium will no doubt be a focal point for high quality acts bringing much needed footfall into the city.

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