Adderstone Group

Quay West Business Village

  • Retail
  • Office
Practical Completion 2010
Address Quay West Business Village, Crown Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 2BS
Construction Contractor Brims Construction
Project Architect Ainsworth Spark Associates
Gross Development Value Circa £18,000,000 - £20,000,000
Marketing Info

Commercial office space available to hire and purchase. Contact Adderstone Estates on 0191 269 9944 for full details, visit the dedicated Quay West website at or email us here.

Development Overview

The creation of Quay West Business Village was a significant development for Adderstone Group. It saw the launch of 100,000 sq. ft. (9,290 sq. m.) of premium office and retail space on the site of the famous former Austin & Pickersgill shipyard on the banks of Sunderland's River Wear.

The site on which Quay West Business Village is located is steeped in city heritage. It was originally acquired by Austin & Pickersgill in 1845 and became one of the most prominent shipyards in the region in the 1800s and 1900s. 

Austin & Pickersgill were famed for their ship-building acumen, the company designed and built the famous SD14 and the launch of 14,000 tonne freighters became commonplace at the yard, many of which are still in service around the world today.

The 1980s however saw the death of the region’s shipbuilding industry and the site fell into disrepair. Despite the challenges faced by redeveloping the land, Adderstone Group saw the potential for the development and visualisation that this could be the location of Sunderland’s first out-of-town business park in more than 25 years.

Adderstone Group adopted a collaborative approach to the development, working with its funders Allied Irish Bank, building contractor Brims Construction and architects Ainsworth Spark Associates to create a commercially attractive addition to the urban landscape along Sunderland riverside. 

The venture, which began in 2007 and was completed in 2010, was a big risk for Adderstone Group at the beginning of what would prove to be one of the country’s worst ever recessions. However, many noted the efforts of Adderstone Group, including RICS who awarded Quay West highly commended status at their 2010 Renaissance Awards.

The development at Quay West centred on the creation of 100,000 sq. ft. (9290 sq.m.) of premium office and retail space across 48 high quality offices in a range of sizes. 

Quay West Business Village and many of its tenant businesses’ are brimming with success and looking forward to a bright future.

The team behind Quay West at Adderstone Group are delighted to have contributed to the significant regeneration of this once thriving Sunderland shipyard, enabling the city celebrate its former glory.

As well as offering a range of high quality office space to rent or purchase, there are a number of development opportunities on the site for commercial occupiers looking to create their own bespoke space, whether it be an office, commercial or industrial unit delivered on a turnkey project.

The available development spaces range from 950 sq. metres to 1700 sq. metres of land and would be the ideal location for a national firm to establish a local presence, close to strong commercial operators and a large number of local residents, or as an impressive local office HQ with great access to the city centre and key local landmarks. 

Contact Adderstone Estates on 0191 269 9944 for full details, visit the dedicated Quay West website at or email us here.


Site Specifications

Quay West riverside business village offers 48 self-contained offices located within a high quality business park environment. The development provides a range of offices catering for the demands of small, medium and larger sized businesses.

Quay West Business Village is located on the banks of the River Wear immediately adjacent to the Queen Alexandra Bridge. The prestigious development comprises 48 self-contained offices ranging from 575 sq. ft. (53 sq.m.) to 5,400 sq. ft. (501 sq.m.) with dedicated on-site parking.

The development is hugely accessible and provides options for a range of enterprises from small teams to large international brands, giving them access to high quality, secure, environmentally sound and impressive office space.

Externally the office elevations are a mixture of render, brickwork, feature blockwork and curtain walling to provide contemporary facades. The external works include the provision of 323 car parking spaces, footpaths, perimeter fencing, landscaping, external lighting, substation, new drainage and new quay edge balustrade, creating a feature riverside walkway.


Each architecturally designed office benefits from the following:


  • Secure gated development

  • Dedicated car parking

  • Electric heating system

  • Security and fire alarm systems

  • Door entry com system

  • Veneered door finishes with contemporary hardware

  • Fitted washrooms

  • Climate control fitted as standard to larger offices

    (available as optional extra on smaller offcies)

  • Services

    All mains services are available. Dedicated external telecoms/data ducting installed to each office

  • Tenure

    The offices will be sold subject to long leases with service charge provisions in respect of the common access roads and landscape areas

  • Leasehold

    Alternatively offices are available to let on new effective fully repairing and insuring leases with service charge provisions upon terms to be agreed. Leases will be granted for a minimum of 6 years with 3 yearly upward only rent reviews

  • Viewing

    Available by appointment

  • Rates

    (Rateable values to be assessed upon completion of the development)

  • VAT

    (Figures quoted exclude VAT. We confirm VAT is chargeable in respect of this development)

Commercial office space available to hire and purchase. Contact Adderstone Estates on 0191 269 9944 for full details, visit the dedicated Quay West website at or email us here.

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