Llama Architects are delighted to have received planning approval for their latest large commercial project ‘The Glass Yard’.
The client approached the practice having been impressed with the quality of their design on the residential side of the business.
Situated opposite the Proact Stadium on Sheffield Road, this project will transform the now derelict stretch of land and former fire station site, into a compelling new work environment, “creating a space where you can work, eat, meet and collaborate.”
The development will offer opportunities for businesses looking for a professional work space and bring a taste of the continent into Chesterfield.
Situated in the heart of the development you’ll discover the Batch House.
Within the glass industry a Batch house is used to store all the raw materials in preparation for production.
Planning documents state “inspired by the markets you find in central Europe, we want to make The Batch House inclusive to both food and craft."
"The ground floor will be occupied by artisan food producers, restaurants, cafes and retail units.”
Blurring the line between business and leisure, the two upper floors of the barn-like building will act as an innovative and creative environment for exhibitions, presentations and workstations. The dynamic spaces will be available to rent for both short periods of time and long term leases.
The intention for the The Batch House is to “provide a hub for the businesses that are in The Glass Yard, as well as the local area."
The Glass House is also said to be an "enduring testimony to the site’s historical significance, and a gesture to the significant part that Chesterfield played in the British glass industry."
Previously situated directly opposite and along the same road were two of the country's largest glass manufacturing companies, Dema Glass and GTC. However the sites connection to glass dates even further back to the seventeen hundreds. “In 1710 Richard Dixon, born in Stourbridge, famous as the town where crystal glass was first produced, was inspired to build a glasshouse in Whittington. Here he made some of the earliest beautiful cut crystal glass. This was highly desirable and made for the Dukes of Devonshire and the Master Cutlers of Sheffield, amongst others.”
Today the town’s glass manufacturing ceases to exist, however this fascinating connection is of significance to the project and Chesterfield itself.
This commercial space is not only sure to enhance the local area but is predicted to be a desirable base for businesses that are eager to push their professional presence.
Our clients & the local authority believe "The Glass Yard will provide the north of England with something normally only found in London & the continent and is a hugely exciting development for the local area and surrounding businesses.”
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