Brewery success at our Oast House

Micro brewery at Brockhampton Estate

Many buildings within our care are no longer fit for their original purpose and are not currently being used. This does not mean that these redundant buildings do not have a future. Many have the potential to be adapted for alternative use either for commercial or community projects.

Adapting the old

As the owner and guardian of diverse and important landscapes, it is our responsibility to ensure that any alteration does not have a negative impact on buildings and the settings in which they are placed. We have been looking into possible alternative uses for disused buildings.
After careful consideration, the Oast House, which forms an important collection of vernacular farm buildings in a beautiful setting, has been adapted for use as a micro-brewery.

How we did it

Construction work involved supplying the building with electricity, water and telephone lines, laying a new floor and a central drainage channel.
A staircase and viewing gantry were built over an existing partition wall, also creating an enclosed cold store and grain store, plus office facilities.

Protecting character

Adapting a building, such as the Oast House requires care so that original features are maintained.
One such issue was the blocking of ventilation holes that were scattered evenly across the external walls. These were closed up with glass scribed to fit each hole and held in place individually using epoxy resin.

Project success

Happily, the building looks unaltered in its setting and maintains a sense of church-like space within. This formally redundant building now has a practical purpose.
The tenant has moved in, the microbrewery is working and we can recommend a very tasty end product if you’re ever in the area.