The National Glass Centre, Sunderland

The National Glass Centre, SunderlandNational Glass Centre

The National Glass Centre, Sunderland will be the new venue for the 2015 NADJ Conference & AGM. Unfortunately due to the Royalty Theatre putting some unreconcilable logistical issues in our way at the last minute we have had to secure another venue and The National Glass Centre have some fantastic conference spaces available.

Details of the new location and directions are below:

The initial concept in the 1990s for National Glass Centre was to celebrate the heritage of glass making in Sunderland and develop a glass industry for the 21st century. In 1994 the Tyne and Wear Development Corporation held an open competition for the design of National Glass Centre and this was won by the architectural practice Gollifer Associates.

National Glass Centre was the recipient of the first major arts lottery award in the North East and the first Arts Lottery Funded building. In October 1998 HRH Prince Charles officially opened the Centre.

In May 2010, the University of Sunderland took over the running of National Glass Centre and in 2011 appointed a new director, James Bustard, with an impressive portfolio of work to his name, to progress the venue into the future.

National Glass CentreFacts and Figures

  • There is a total of 3,250 square metres of glass in National Glass Centre.
  • 460 people can be accommodated on the glass roof at any one time.
  • National Glass Centre’s heat exchange system uses heat from the glass making furnaces to warm the building.
  • The glass panels on the roof are 6cm thick.
  • Over 70 people are employed at National Glass Centre.
  • There are up to 40 glass makers working in the Centre at any one time.
  • Over 100 students study at National Glass Centre, with over 30 research students.

National Glass Centre
Liberty Way,
Tyne and Wear,

The National Glass Centre is located on the banks of the River Wear at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland and is accessible by many routes


parkopediaIf you’re driving to the NADJ AGM & Conference 2015, you will want to know about parking facilities.  There are plenty of free on-street parking options, but for those of you who want to put your vehicle in a car park, we’ve used a great website called Parkopedia that lists many of the parking options throughout the whole of the UK.  We entered the post code for the theatre into their search engine and here are details of some of the options available to drivers:


National Glass Centre is part of the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route from Cumbria to Sunderland.

By Train or Metro

Regular Metros and Trains operate between Sunderland and Newcastle. There is a direct rail link to Sunderland from Middlesbrough every hour.

National Glass Centre is a seven minute walk from St Peter’s Metro Station. Journey time from Newcastle to St Peter’s Station is 25 minutes.

By Bus

The E1 takes you from Sunderland City Centre to Roker Avenue which is only a few hundred metres distance from the main entrance.

The 700 Sunderland Connect bus is also available to take from park Lane Campus and City Campus.

By Air

Newcastle Airport, Teesside Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport are all about 45 minutes from Sunderland.

By Taxi

Station Taxis provide accessible taxis and can be contacted on 0191 555 5555.