Net zero office block approved in the North East

It will be powered solely by renewable energy and is claimed to be the first of its type in the region

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South Tyneside Council has approved a new office building in South Shields, designed to be net zero in operation and fossil fuel-free.

Labelled ‘The Glassworks’, the 50,000 square foot building is claimed to be the first of its type in the North East and will be constructed by Muse Developments.

The council hopes ‘The Glassworks’ will represent the future of the region, promoting environmentally-friendly development and wellbeing. It will be powered solely by renewable energy with a 3,200 square foot solar array placed on the roof.

Andrew Fairest, Projects Director at Muse Developments, commented: “To receive the news that we’ve been given approval to bring forward our latest sustainable development at ‘The Glassworks’, represents a strong endorsement of our commitment to building back better in South Tyneside and the work we’ve done to date in the town.

“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.”