An ambitious masterplan for a new visionary Brewery and commercial venture set within a 19th century Grade II Listed Farm Estate in the heart of the Metropolitan Green Belt.
Kent is arguably the focal point for natural beer production in the UK; it is the county lying on the longitude of brewing barley (the east side of Britain) and on the latitude of hop production. With its ready supply of water, it is no surprise to find that the brewing industry, in all its constituent parts has been historically core to the life and times of Wateringbury. Sadly, in the 1980s, growing hops, malting barley, and brewing beer came to halt after more than 250 years of production in this Kentish village.
TaylorHare were approached to carry out an initial feasibility study, which extended to include a site wide masterplan, for the rejuvenation of the historic farmstead and estate in the heart of Wateringbury.
The proposal is to facilitate the continued diversification and regeneration of the farm by creating a new multi-generational sustainable future that is directly connected to the family and farm’s historic and traditional role of producing hops and barley, but then extending it to brewing.
A proposed new brewery with associated Hoppers Huts sit at the heart of the farm estate, and reflect a careful, considered and exacting approach to development: one that draws on and complements the existing oast house and listed buildings to create a collection of farm buildings that encompass a mix of modern and historical buildings, which reflect and reference the hop growing, picking and beer production industry that forms a key part of the history of Kent and Wateringbury.
Planning was granted in October 2018.