The riverside is very quiet these days. This was the biggest shipbuilding town in the world and on this part of the river, ships were berthed for fitting and repairs. I will post a picture of one of the signs fixed to the barrier tomorrow which explains a little more.
In the distance, the yellow buildings on the north bank are part of Sunderland University's St Peters Campus. Beyond that you can just see what are left of the cranes that were a common feature of the Sunderland skyline.