Brewery plans given overhaul

Kimberley Brewery site
Kimberley Brewery site

Changes have been made to plans for the redevelopment of the landmark Kimberley Brewery site — including the renovation of two of the site’s most historic features.

Residents and the Save Our Brewery Site (SOBs) are determined that the scheme should make the most of the brewery’s history and had voiced concerns over the plans.

But at a meeting this week, Metis Developments, which is behind the project, confirmed there had been updates made, including a ‘high quality’ replacement for the main brewery building.

Full plans for the site are set to be resubmitted to Broxtowe Borough Council next month.

These will include fresh approaches for the maltstore and the maltings at the site off Hardy Street.

The development will also be entirely earmarked for residential properties with up to 130 houses and apartments.

Darren Warner, chairman of SOBs, said that the plans for the brewery were vital for the town and would be integral to regeneration.

He and his colleagues in the action group have never been against redevelopment of the brewery but want the project to be “the best it can be”.

Alistair Russell, who works for Metis, explained that many of the changes made to the plan — the third revamp in the last two years — have come from contact with SOBs

The historic former Hardy and Hansons brewery closed eight years ago after it was sold to Greene King.

Since then work has been ongoing on its possible future uses. Concerns have previously been voiced about the safety at the site.

A decision on the redevelopment proposal could be made by September.