The Glass Futures project based in St. Helens aims to eliminate CO2 from glass production one day. A new 90,000 square meter center will create hundreds of jobs and become a center of excellence.
A project to “Transform the World Glass Industry” from Merseyside has received over £50 million in funding from the government, a joint agency, the local council and other industrial companies.
It is hoped that the site in St Helens – the traditional center of British industry – will one day eliminate CO2 from glass production.
In addition, on Thursday new amounts of around £9 million were announced by St Helens Council to be refunded as a contribution to the cost of the project in the form of rent paid by Glass Futures.
The announcement also includes a total funding commitment from the Liverpool City Region of over £9 million sterling announced earlier this year.
Today’s financing announcement represents a further step in revitalising United Glass’ decommissioned facility by building a state-of-the-art glass furnace research and development center capable of producing 30 tonnes of sustainable glass per day.
Companies from across the glass sector will also contribute approximately £20 million, bringing the total investment to approximately £54 million.
In addition, £15 million will come from the Government’s Department for Enterprise, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
“This new funding will build on our commitment to reduce emissions across heavy industry, create green jobs in Merseyside and help us to build greener again.
said Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng: “Merseyside has a long and rich history in glass manufacturing and I am therefore delighted that this £54 million investment – including £15 million of government funding – will usher in a new era in highly efficient, low carbon glass production.
It is hoped that construction work can begin next year once the design and building permits are completed. It is hoped that the plant will help the industry to reduce emissions and benefit more environmentally friendly from the Covid pandemic.
Initial construction planning work for the factory in St. Helens, the traditional center of the British glass industry, has already begun. It will be built on a site next to RFC’s Totally Wicked Stadium in St. Helens.
The Chairman of St Helens District Council, David Baines, said: “The factory will be built on a site adjacent to St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium:
“Given our proud heritage and history in glass manufacturing, it is only fitting that St Helens Borough Council is fully involved in the future of the industry.
“In the future of the glass industry, global innovation, education and research and development will take place here in our district with the potential to drive economic growth.
“This development will rejuvenate a brownfield site that has a history of glass making, and I am sure Glass Futures will prove to be a catalyst for further investment in a place that has always been a world leader in the glass industry.
“We are delighted that this important project is being backed by a further £15 million from the UK Research and Innovation Agency, UK Research and Innovation, together with our support, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the glass industry, to make this vision a reality.