Press release 23/10/1998 00:00 CET

His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, is to officially open the Kvaerner Construction-built National Glass Centre in Sunderland on 23 October.

The unique and strikingly-designed centre, which cost £8 million to construct, is made extensively with glass and includes a glass roof, which visitors can walk on to get a birds-eye view of the inside of the building, as well as both internal and external glass walls.

Located on reclaimed land on the bank of the River Wear, the building was one of the first National Lottery funded projects to be dedicated to the Arts, Education and Science. It took a year to build and is part of the Tyne & Wear Development Corporation’s £150 million flagship project near the mouth of the Wear.

Inside the 55,000-square foot building, the prince will see a museum, shops, restaurants, lecture rooms and a glass-making factory which uses high temperature furnaces.


For further information contact: Cheryl Eaton, PR Manager - 01923 423 030Kris Birkett, Press Officer - 01923 423 833