CHANCE Glassworks, Spon Lane, Smethwick


The Chance Glassworks site is bordered by road, rail and water as shown opposite. The highly iconic and recognisable Seven-Storey building, built in 1847, is visible from all angles and represents a massive part of the history of the company. It is even visible to passing motorists on the M5.

An aerial view of the land available to the Chance Heritage Trust

All images courtesy Joe Holyoak

Project: Chance Glassworks Phase 1

Ground Floor to 2nd Floor

Whilst we have a vision for transforming the whole of the glassworks, our focus now is on what we are calling Phase 1. 

At the centre of Phase 1 is the Seven Storey Building, the most iconic part of the site, which everyone will recognise. The development will include the adjacent former Chance Engineering Workshop and the storage yard


The Seven Storey Building and which provide the bases of Phase 1 of the development – a blend of restoration of heritage buildings and new build.

Phase I will consist of 41 residential units, 906 sq.m. of educational space 1946 sq.m. of enterprise space, a Heritage Centre, a café and archiving facilities.

See 3rd to 6th Floor Plans (below)

Phase 1 Heritage Buildings Ground - 2nd

3rd to 6th Floor Plans

Employment Space and Accommodation.

Phase 1 Heritage Buildings 3rd - 5th Flo