Charles Wells Ltd commissioned the practice to design a new microbrewery and visitor centre, following the purchase of the historic Charles Wells Bedford Brewery by Marston’s plc in June 2017.
The new Brewery is to be located on a 4 acre Greenfield site which forms part of a 16 acre mixed use development being led by Bedford Borough Council.
The practice are acting as both Architects to Charles Wells Ltd, leading the design of the Brewery, and also providing master planners services on behalf of the Local Authority, in order to develop the greenfield site cohesively as a whole.
The new Brewery was granted detailed planning approval in spring 2018 along with outline permission for the remaining development site.
The new Brewery will form the UK base for Charles Wells Ltd, providing a home for its retail operations. The development will provide the company with the ability to create new beer products continuing Charles Wells’ 150 year old tradition of brewing in Bedford. This new operation will become the focal point of a new visitor attraction, with bar and dining offers provided in close proximity of the brewery manufacturing process. The practice also have design responsibility for both the main building envelope in conjunction with specialist brewery equipment installers and the undertaking of the interior design.