Network Space Developments (NSD) has appointed Bowmer + Kirkland to build the £54million Glass Futures development at Saints Retail Park in St Helens, UK.

Remediation and preparatory works will be completed shortly and in January 2022, Bowmer + Kirkland will start construction of the transformational global glass research and innovation facility.

The 165,000 sq ft scheme is expected to complete in January 2023, ready for fit-out.

The facility has been pre let to St Helens Borough Council on a 15 year head lease and will be sub let to Glass Futures which will occupy and manage the building.

It will deliver industry and government backed research and development projects focused on decarbonising glass production.

It will also provide a platform for the industry to access an experimental scale furnace to test and run trials for implementation at commercial scale on a line, both collaboratively and individually.

The building has been presold by NSD to global investor Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust to secure forward funding and conclude a viable delivery strategy.