The only new-build office buildings due to complete in the North East this year have glazed out, marking a milestone moment in their construction.

The final panes of glass have been installed at Maker & Faber, two super-sustainable Grade A offices in the heart of Riverside Sunderland, representing an important stage in the Legal & General-backed scheme’s development.

More than 1,000 individual windows have been fitted to the buildings, which will deliver some 150,000 sq ft of new city centre office accommodation when they open in late summer 2024.

The buildings, which are being constructed by Sir Robert McAlpine, will now move into an internal fit out phase, as they prepare to welcome tenants later this year.

Both buildings have feature glazing, ensuring that occupiers benefit from plenty of natural light, known to increase a sense of wellbeing among employees.

Property development manager, Landid, which is delivering the building on behalf of investor Legal & General, has placed a firm focus on creating a space that will foster happy and productive employees.

James Silver, managing director of Landid, said: “Maker & Faber will be two wonderful buildings, providing an inspiring workspace for the hundreds of people who work from them.

“Delivering a light, bright and airy workspace, that is not only super pleasant for the people that work there, but kind on the planet, is really important to us, and Maker & Faber will deliver on all of those commitments.

“We’re excited to see the buildings move into their final phase of construction, ahead of opening later this year.”

The buildings are being actively marketed by commercial property agents Knight Frank and JLL, with strong interest from a range of occupiers.

Maker & Faber are part of Legal & General’s £100m commitment to the Riverside Sunderland site, and a combined £160m that the institutional investor is ploughing into the city over the next few years.

Maker will stand six-storeys high, delivering 80,000 sq ft of office space and is set to be completed first. The second building, Faber – which is five-storeys high, delivering 70,000 sq ft – will follow.

To stay up to date with Maker and Faber’s development visit or follow @makerandfaber on social media.

 To enquire about space within the buildings, contact Tom Brammeld from JLL at or on  07928 525 992 or contact Patrick Matheson at Knight Frank at or on 0191 594 5001.