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The Fire Station Auditorium



Flanagan Lawrence Architects / Howarth Litchfield Architects


Sunderland Culture

Main Contractor:

Brims Construction

Elements / Systems:

Glazing: Schuco FW50+ Curtain Wall, AWS114 Vents, AWS57 RO Roof Vents & AWS60 HD Doors
Cladding: Eltherington TFS1 Aluminium Panel System
Louvres: Colt 1UHSH Louvre Wall System
Solar Shading: NBK Terrart Bespoke Terracotta Baguettes
Soffit Cladding: NBK Terrart Large Terracotta Tiles
Doors (Automatic): Record Fine Frame Doors With STA20 Sliding Door Operator
Other Element Supplied: Aluminium Cappings & SE Controls SELA U 24 Rooflight Actuators

The Fire Station Auditorium building facade

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.

We 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!

Winner of the coveted ‘Cultural Building of the Year’ and the ‘People Choice’ awards at the prestigious Schuco Excellence Award 2022 the bar has certainly been set high. It has since gone on to win numerous other awards both local and national. 

Completed in late 2021 the auditorium is now a focal point for high quality acts bringing much needed footfall into the city. It certainly makes a statement!

The Fire Station Auditorium facade with glazing
The Fire Station Auditorium exterior facade
The Fire Station Auditorium front screening
The Fire Station Auditorium corner detail
The Fire Station Auditorium facade
The Fire Station Auditorium facade glazing

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