Construction firm GlasHus expands in Sunderland after winning £300,000 contract

Deputy leader of Sunderland City Council Harry Trueman and Simon Tuckwell of GlassHus watch work in the new premises at Rivrgreen Industry Centre.
Deputy leader of Sunderland City Council Harry Trueman and Simon Tuckwell of GlassHus watch work in the new premises at Rivrgreen Industry Centre.
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SUCCESS is clear to see for a Sunderland firm after it won a £300,000-plus contract.

GlassHUS, which produces architectural glass, aluminium facades and curtain walling, has moved into Pallion’s Rivergreen Industry Centre after landing a number of lucrative deals.

Managing director Simon Tuckwell said: “We used to get the product outsourced by an accredited fabricator. However, due to the upturn in the order book, we felt it was a good opportunity to expand and become more competitive.

“We contacted Neil Clasper at Sunderland City Council, who recommended we look at Rivergreen.

“Since we began to manufacture rather than subcontract, staff numbers have more than doubled. Our sector has been buoyant since April and the signs are that this will continue. We will review again next year to see whether we need to increase staff numbers.”

Initially a design company, the business began fabricating its own products earlier this year after developing a strong order book and moved from the North East Business and Innovation Centre to Rivergreen centre, where it has invested almost £50,000 in new machinery and increased its workforce to 10.

GlassHUS is currently working on a project at the Turbine Business Park for GMI Construction, as well as carrying out contracts in Cramlington, York, Cumbria and Harrogate.

It has also won a £300,000 contract to create a new facade for South Tyneside College.

City council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman said: “GlassHUS is a fantastic example of a growing business which is selling bespoke Sunderland-designed products.”