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University of Sunderland

Celebrating ambition and innovation

Expo Sunderland celebrates collaborative ambition to find innovative solutions that deliver net-zero goals and create flourishing, healthy, sustainable cities. 

The location is the most ambitious city centre regeneration project in the UK: Sunderland's carbon-neutral, central urban neighbourhood, Riverside Sunderland.

Sunderland won UK Smart City of the Year in 2020; Connected Britain Digital Council of the Year 2021 and is on track to become be one of the UK’s most advanced smart cities.

The Expo Homes & Gardens are key attractions at Expo Sunderland. Providing insight, advice, inspiration, innovative ideas and products (for home design, better building, interiors, sustainable living, shared communities and home technology), media activity will be sharply focused on them.

City of Sunderland regeneration

An inspiring location

The Expo Homes & Gardens are situated in Riverside’s Vaux Neighbourhood – winner of a 2022 Housing Design Award and an exemplar of high-density city living – just a five minute walk from the rail station.

The Vaux Neighbourhood comprises 135 homes including terraced houses, maisonettes and apartments of varying sizes on a 1.64 hectare site, designed by Proctor and Matthews Architects and Mawson Kerr Architects, developed by igloo Regeneration. 

The neighbourhood is inspired by the history, topography and rich cultural heritage of Sunderland, whilst adopting a Smart City infrastructure and a sustainable development model.

Designed to suit 21st century living patterns, it is built using Modern Methods of Construction and a range of sustainable and low carbon technologies (including Passivhaus) and renewable energy that will contribute to the city’s commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030. 

Visitors will pre-book narrated audio and in-person tours to these low-carbon homes, biodiverse gardens and an exciting multi-generational housing development.

Expo partners

Homes of 2030

Run by Homes England, in partnership with BRE, Design Council, MOBIE and RIBA, the brief challenged architects and placemakers to:

  • Solve the housing shortage with affordable, scalable, sustainable and durable solutions that are compact, to meet urban demand, without compromising quality. 
  • Create comfortable, healthy internal environments that respond to the climate emergency and societal needs of an ageing population and young people living longer at home, as well as the physical adaptability of the home over time, and the ability to accommodate digital innovation in social care.
  • Engage the public with inspiring design, exceptional build quality and improved efficiency.

Mawson Kerr / igloo Regeneration’s winning scheme is called +Home and features community-led, self-build homes that people can design themselves. Affordable and easy to build, the homes are climate friendly and recyclable at the end of their use. 

Homes of 2030 winners

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Get in touch

Expo Sunderland is organised by Sunderland City Council, based at City Hall at the centre of Riverside Sunderland.

City Hall
Plater Way
Sunderland SR1 3AA

T_ 0191 561 1222