Plans approved for ambitious The Glassworks building in South Shields - complex expected to support 1,500 jobs

Work on an ambitious eco-friendly complex supporting hundreds of jobs is set to start later this year after plans were approved.

The Glassworks, a flagship office development at the heart of regeneration plans for South Shields has been given the green light by South Tyneside councillors.

Spread over five storeys, the landmark building forms part of the vision for a new living, working and cultural quarter in the Harton Quay area.

The proposals have attracted wide support, with heritage experts praising the impact the scheme will have on the historic Mill Dam.

Plans have been approved for The Glassworks building


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And it is hoped the application, which was approved on Monday, April 19, will pave the way for the region’s first ever net-zero carbon office building.

Speaking after the decision, George Mansbridge, South Tyneside Council’s corporate director of regeneration and environment, said: “The design and construction processes will result in almost a third less carbon, which is the equivalent of planting four hectares of young woodland forest.

“Operational energy will be significantly reduced with highly efficient heating, lighting and ventilation systems.

“The building will also have the ability to connect to a future renewable district heating network in the town.”


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The Glassworks would link up with the landscaped area nearby.

The site, formerly home to Swinburne’s Glass Works and a stone yard, is expected to provide 50,000 sq ft of office space, as well as basement parking, a reception area, communal workspace, coffee bar and a roof terrace.


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Cement substitutes, open ceiling spaces and recycled materials are among the measures designers hope will cut ‘embodied carbon’ during construction by almost a third.

A cafe is included in plans for The Glassworks

Solar panels, LED lighting and heat pumps will increase energy efficiency once the building is operational.

Andrew Fairest, projects director at Muse Developments, the council’s development partner on the project, said the application’s approval was a ‘strong endorsement’ of the firm’s work in South Shields to date.


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He added: “Despite the challenging times we’re in, we’re still seeing a demand for high-quality office space that not only provides an agile and positive environment to work from, but is also climate resilient and adaptable to our changing world.”

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Outside space around the building is planned to help provide links to the town centre and other developments.
How The Glassworks building is set to look when work is complete.