Iconic Kimberley Brewery tower to be turned into flats in final phase of project
Work on the final phase of a long-running and at times controversial development to turn historic brewery buildings into homes in Kimberley is now underway.
The development will eventually bring 130 new properties to the old Hardys and Hansons brewery site off Hardy Street.
Fairgrove Developments, which began redeveloping and regenerating the site in 2015, has now announced the appointment of residential specialist Acres Architects to design the conversion of the historic landmark tower.
In this final stage of the development, the companies will work together to restore the original beauty and character of the grade II listed building, transforming it into luxury apartments.
Steve Midgley, managing director of Fairgrove, said: "We are focused on bringing this local iconic structure a new lease of life.
"The preservation of the site’s heritage has remained a priority for us after the brewery served the town of Kimberley for over 170 years and we continue to keep this at the forefront of our minds as we build future new homes in Kimberley.”
The Kimberley Brewery was originally opened in 1832 and was the major employer in the town, with more than 200 employees, until it was sold to Greene King in 2006 and abandoned five years later.
The site almost fell into a state of disrepair, with worried Kimberley residents fearing it would never be redeveloped.
Mr Midgley added: “We look forward to working alongside Acres Architects in creating new luxury living spaces within the former Brewery Tower, which was built in 1861.
"Designing new homes within such a locally significant building requires the skills and ideas of specialist architects and designers.”
Edward Acres, managing director of Acres Architects, said: “This is an opportunity to look and work on a project that presents a truly unique once in a lifetime opportunity for residential development within the East Midlands.”
The rest of The Brewery Yard has progressed well over the past year and has seen a number of residents move into the completed Maltings Apartments, The Maltby Townhouses and one of the renovated Kiln Stores.