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University of Sunderland


Future Home

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Future Home Events

About the theme

Future Home promotes sustainable home design, building, interiors, technology and community life inspired by the award-winning Vaux neighbourhood being built at Riverside Sunderland.

Designed to support 21st-century living patterns, homes are built using Modern Methods of Construction, a range of sustainable and low-carbon technologies (including Passivhaus), and renewable energy, all of which will contribute to Sunderland’s commitment to become carbon neutral by 2040.

Visitors to Future Homes can expect first-hand immersion in the best of British design: concept homes from winners of the Government’s Home of 2030 competition (run by Homes England in partnership with BRE, Design Council, MOBIE and RIBA), while trade and consumer events explore the knowledge, products and services that bring advanced, smart, green building to life.

Expo Homes & Gardens

Vaux Neighbourhood, Riverside

Guided tours of the award-winning Vaux development that will help the city achieve its net-zero targets. Discover what smart, sustainable city living feels like. Experience design excellence with river views, local services, community gardens and green spaces.

Homes of 2030

Concept homes from the winners of the Government’s Homes of 2030 competition. Affordable, energy-efficient, shared-use homes with adaptability and recyclability at the heart of their design.

Home & Garden takeovers

We will shortly be launching the opportunity for sponsors to "Take Over a Home or Garden" with the ability to showcase innovation, creativity, and community spirit in one of the homes currently being built at the Vaux Neighbourhood, Riverside, Sunderland.

Tell your brand story set within your very own inspiring interior or outside space.

Demonstrate sensory experiences; showcase sustainable materials; promote accessibility, functionality and efficiency of your brand to a wide range of your key audiences

Naming rights for your home or garden is included for the lifetime of Expo.

Come & See

Coming soon

Discover the visually striking temporary structure housing the Northeast's first fully immersive screen on Keel Square!

Assembled directly opposite the Vaux Neighbourhood to tell the story of a home in the context of its place.

Exhibition space will be available during Come & See and throughout the year.

Find out more and register your interest

Tell your story

Our sponsors can transform a specific property or garden space into something extraordinary.

This could be through unique art installations, sustainable design concepts, or immersive interactive experiences.

We encourage creativity and ideas that would bring a fresh perspective to inspire our public and business visitors in 2026.

As a Home or Gardens host, you will enjoy pre-event thought leadership pieces and digital storytelling, the highest profile at the event and narration of your story through branding, naming rights, organised tours in your Expo home and dedicated campaigns.


Register Your Interest

We highly value the diversity of participants and entrants will have the chance to showcase their work to a wide audience, connect with designers and makers, and be part of an exciting and dynamic visitor attraction that promotes the best of our local and international talents.

All Home & Garden exhibitors are encouraged to assign their own knowledgeable staff to steward their space during the opening times of the Expo Homes & Gardens and why not get them involved in designing the experience as part of your own staff engagement plans?


Take over an Expo Home or Garden

Future Home Partners