The Old FireStation

The £7m restoration and repurposing of the iconic and locally loved 1907 Fire Station, and restoration of two listed public houses, has been completed with £3m funds from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, £320,000 from Sunderland City Council, and £3.7m from the MAC Trust and the privately-owned Leighton Group. Open and fully operational, the Fire Station’s ground floor is a bar and restaurant delivering income back to the charity to support the arts programme. The first-floor studios are let to tenants offering classes in dance (Dance City) and children and young people’s creative writing (Live Theatre), and the second floor is soon to be occupied by the Northern Academy of Music Education for the delivery of its degree level music programme. The ground floor houses a heritage centre and will be the location for the ticket office for the new auditorium.


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