A Glass Heritage for The Glass Yard

The Glass Yard and The Batch House are an enduring testimony to the site’s historical significance, and a gesture to the significant part that Chesterfield played in the British glass industry.

Dema Glass stood directly opposite the Glass Yard site. Dema, in its heyday, employed over 3,000 people and was the country’s largest manufacturer of domestic glassware.

Along the road was the GTC factory site. GTC was at one point the country’s largest manufacturer of vitreous lamp caps and glass tubes.
The site and its connection with glass goes further back.

A Batch House is the area within a glass foundry where all the raw materials are gathered together, in preparation for the production of something very special.

In 1710 Richard Dixon, born in Stourbridge, famous as the town where crystal glass was first produced, was inspired to build a glasshouse in Whittington. Here he made some of the earliest beautiful cut crystal glass. This was highly desirable and made for the Dukes of Devonshire and the Master Cutlers of Sheffield, amongst others.

Although the town’s glass manufacturing has now sadly died out, we think this special connection with the town should be remembered.

Chesterfield cut crystal design from c1700’s.

The first food barn in the North has been granted planning permission in Chesterfield.

The Batch House will feature a mix of bars, restaurants, start-ups, street food traders and a demo kitchen, as well as offering creative flexible space on the upper atrium floors.

Common place in many European towns and cities, the concept of a food barn offering quality artisan food in a casual relaxed environment is only just beginning in the UK. The Batch House is going to create that atmosphere for Chesterfield and its surrounding neighbours.

Popping up all over London, food halls offer diners a range of exciting food and drink all under one roof.

The Batch House is an integral part of Blue Deer’s latest project, The Glass Yard. It’s going to bring people together who want to create something special, whether that is food, products, or experiences.

Directly opposite Chesterfield’s Proact football stadium, the barn will form an imposing centrepiece of the whole project with its eye-catching design, and will be surrounded by 18 state-of-the-art office buildings.

The whole project has already attracted exciting local businesses, as well artisan food producers from across the country, all sharing the ethos of: “Whatever you sell, make or create, make it as good as you can”.

Tim Turner, Blue Deer founder, said: “I’ve visited food destination buildings in lots of European towns and cities and always have the same thought ‘why don’t we do something like this back home in Derbyshire’. Now we’re going to.

“The Batch House will bring a European culture and experience to Chesterfield and its neighbours that is currently springing up all over London.

“We know from the interest we have already received just how much support there is out there for this project, and now planning permission has been granted we are in the position to make it happen. Is Chesterfield ready for this? We think so!”

We are looking for exciting people to do exciting things. If you would like to create something imaginative and wonderful in The Batch House or would like more information about the office units please email info@theglassyard.com