Stunning designs revealed as plans go in for new landmark Glassworks building on South Shields riverside

A striking new office building featuring a cafe and roof-top terrace has been revealed in new plans put in to regenerate South Shields riverside.

By Fiona Thompson
Wednesday, 30th December 2020, 6:00 am

The proposals for the Glassworks project have been submitted for the Harton Quay area of the town, with a brownfield plot earmarked for the five storey landmark development.

South Tyneside Council, which has put together the plans alongside its development partner Muse, say it would feature basement parking, a reception area offering co-working space and coffee bar, and a roof terrace with panoramic views across the River Tyne.

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Images released by South Tyneside Council show how the Glassworks building could look.

The development would provide 50,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation and would aim to be one of the first near-net carbon zero office building in the region, with “outstanding sustainability ratings”.

The southern part of the site would feature a landscaped area leading down to the Grade II-listed Customs House and Harton Quays Park, linking to the town centre and providing visitors and workers with an outdoor space to enjoy.

Images released by the council show the building would be constructed next door to the BT offices and just a short distance away from the Shields Ferry landing.

The distinctive glass building would create new office space in the town.

If approved, the development would transform vacant brownfield land and would acknowledge the site’s industrial heritage by retaining the chimney and historic wall from the former Swinburne Glassworks.

It would form part of a new living, working and cultural quarter in this part of the town.

The council has said application will be considered by its planning committee in due course.

David Wells, Regional Director at Muse Developments, has previously described the Glassworks project as “a stunning building that blends the town’s heritage with the its aspirations for the future.

The office block would link up with the landscaped area nearby.

Speaking when the plan was first announced, he said: “This new building will repuropose a key area in South Tyneside and create a vibrant waterside office community in the heart of the town.

“At Muse, we’re committed to creating innovative spaces where people can live, work and relax that boost jobs, but importantly drive economic and social prosperity at a time when it’s needed most, which is exactly what The Glassworks looks to achieve.”

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The building would be close to South Shields town centre, the Customs House and the Shields Ferry landing.

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Booths would be created as part of the meeting space inside the Glassworks development.
The building will offer views across the River Tyne.
Outside space would also be set up outside the new town centre development.
A cafe would be set up in the office development.