There is an exciting new development happening over at Cain’s Brewery Village which will transform the interior of one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings into a modern, vibrant and innovative working space.
The three-storey development, named Brewery Works, will incorporate a range of co-working spaces and private offices and will become the latest hub for the Baltic Triangle’s burgeoning creative and digital industries.
Pearson’s architects have been involved in the design of the interior spaces and hope to make the development a leading example of urban renewal – something which will do justice to the beauty and the historical status of the building.
What is the Cains Brewery
The Cain’s Brewery was established in 1858 by Robert Cain and had been producing beers and ales in Liverpool for over 150 years. In more recent times, the building has been in the ownership of the Dusanj brothers who have been looking to develop the site for a number of years.
The brewery courtyard and the surrounding site has been transformed over the last few years with bars and restaurants such as Alhambra and Baltic Market becoming exciting additions to Liverpool’s social and nightlife scenes. However, projects involving the Cain’s brewery building have been subject to a succession of false starts – until now.
Rob Fletcher, who is part of the management team for the Brewery Works development, is confident they are delivering a project which will do justice to the site’s iconic status: “From an architectural point of view, this is an important listed building and we therefore have a responsibility to deliver the best possible development we can”.
“We really think the location is great and we will add a further offering to the already thriving creative business community, currently based in the Baltic Triangle. From a design point of view, we’re intending to create an inspiring work environment, with excellent resource facilities and great vibes!”
There are many new building projects approved for development in the Baltic Triangle and the area will be transformed once again in the coming years. Naturally, there have been tensions around the issue of gentrification with some fearing that people will be forced out of the area in favour of more commercial developments.
However, this is one of the reasons the Brewery Works development is so interesting – its intent is to fuse together the fascinating history and heritage of the site with the needs of the present and future generations of Liverpool’s professional community.
This regeneration strategy is a result of the Brewery Works’ commitment to consulting with other Baltic Triangle businesses. Their aim is to work together with area stakeholders such as Baltic Creative CIC to ensure that they are developing in a way that compliments the overall area strategy for commercial spaces.
Rob Fletcher believes these relationships are key to future successes: “Understanding what Baltic Creative have achieved so successfully and seeing what they are proposing in the future will give us a better chance of delivering something that will benefit the area as well as the immediate locality of the Brewery Village.
“We were very conscious from the start that we weren’t going to develop in isolation but in partnership with other established regeneration businesses. That’s what we love about the area, if you’re doing the right thing people will get on board and help, it’s a great community.”
The incorporation of co-working spaces into the design is an attempt to acknowledge the types of people and businesses that have turned the Baltic Triangle into Liverpool’s creative hub and recognition of how important their work is to the identity of the area.
Rob has been operating in the Baltic Triangle for a number of years and has seen how it has changed and how it continues to evolve: “This is why the development at Cain’s brewery is important. We are bringing new life into an old and derelict building and are keen to maintain the ethos of the Baltic Triangle regeneration. We hope to build on that good work and to develop part of a fantastic building that will only compliment the wonderful space it is and the innovative industries we hope to attract.”
The development will have affordable spaces where start-ups can establish themselves and become successful small businesses. The co-working spaces will be supported with in house business mentoring and the aim is to see start-up businesses grow and move into dedicated office spaces. They in turn can then offer invaluable advice to the new start-up businesses using the co-working spaces and slowly we see a community of people helping other businesses to develop.
The building is due to be completed before the end of the year and is sure to attract an array of new and existing businesses to the area – watch this space.
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