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Sandwell Council and Chance Heritage Trust sign Memorandum of Understanding 

Published 28th February 2023

Cllr Kerrie Carmichael and Mark Davies

Sandwell Council and the Chance Heritage Trust today (Tuesday 28 February) signed a Memorandum of Understanding relating to the heritage–led regeneration of the Chance Glassworks site in Smethwick.

The Chance Glassworks site is bordered by road, rail and water. The highly iconic and recognisable seven-Storey building, built in 1847, is visible from all angles and represents a massive part of the history of the company.

The objectives of the Chance Heritage Trust (CHT) are closely aligned with the Council’s aspirations and policy objectives for the site and its locality. Regeneration of the site will create a boost for the local economy, create jobs and homes, conserve a locally and nationally important cultural asset and enhance the borough through the restoration of this high-profile industrial heritage site.

The Trust’s current phase 1 plans include developing parts of the Seven Storey Building, the most recognisable and iconic part of the site, which everyone will recognise. The development will include the adjacent former Chance Engineering Workshop and the storage yard and will focus on a blend of restoration of heritage buildings and new build to provide 41 residential units, educational space, enterprise space, a Heritage Centre, a café and archiving facilities.

The Leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, said:

“It’s great to be working with the Trust to help ensure that this significant and iconic site is not lost to the people of Sandwell. We look forward to working with the Trust to help maintain our industrial heritage, while also providing new housing.

Mark Davies, the chair of Chance Glassworks, added:

“The signing of the MOU between the Trust and Sandwell Council marks a significant milestone in the efforts to regenerate the glassworks. It clearly demonstrates the level of commitment by the council to work with the trust in bring this and other important heritage assets back into use and benefiting the local community.”