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Popular brewery relocates freeing up space for 100 homes

A family run brewery is set to relocate, freeing their current location for potential housing opportunities. 

Established in 1852, Wadworth and Co Brewery have plans to relocate from their current premises in Devizes, Wiltshire, in the new year, opening up the space to new possibilities.

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With plans to become more sustainable, the businesses wants to move to a new modern site on London Road, just a mile away from where they are currently situated. The organisation have also claimed the move will enable the company to be able to cater for the changing beer market.

Overall, the total investment for the new site will cost the brewery between £7-£10m but is expected to significantly reduce future running costs. The construction of the site is already under way, and it is due to open between April and May.

Tony Bartholomew, Managing Director at Wadsworth and Co Brewery, said: ‘It’s an amazing building but the old brewery is too big, too inefficient and is very costly for us.

‘We found this site and couldn’t quite believe it matched exactly what we wanted. We’ll be able to introduce a lot more different styles of beer into our range.

‘The flexibility to try something new is what our tenants want, what the customer wants, and we just can’t do that in the old brewery.

‘It’s a big investment, but the payback from the efficiency savings we’ll make and the beers we can produce over the next 40 years here means it’s a small cost for the future’.

Still awaiting on planning permission, Wiltshire developers Backhouse are planning to build 100 new homes where the brewery once sat, as well as creating public open spaces and retail units.

However, the brewery company have said they have plans to keep their main Victoria building, despite not yet knowing how they plan to use it.

The family run business began brewing beer in Wiltshire in 1875 and since then have traded their products with 150 pubs across the South of England.

Photo by Josh Olalde

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