Published On: Sun, Jul 27th, 2014 on 1:32 pm

Bradford city centre brewery gets the go-ahead

Bradford Brewery Bar

An artist's impression of the inside bar

Plans for a new brewery in Bradford City Centre have been given the go-ahead by Bradford Council.

The application was approved under delegated powers, to change the use of the former Shaw’s Moisture Metres factory in Rawson Road, Bradford, and create the new Bradford Brewery and Brewfactory pub.

Planning officers said the development was ‘welcomed’ as it would create a business unit in a vacant property, bringing growth and employment.

Contractors should be appointed within the next three weeks and work on the site could then begin in August, with the aim of opening the brewery in November.

Managing Director Matthew Halliday said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the decision and I’d like to thank the Bradford Council staff and councillors who were involved in ensuring this application was processed so quickly and effectively. We’re aware it’s a hugely ambitious scheme but the Council were really supportive and positive about what we’re trying to achieve.

“We’re now looking forward to getting builders on site and turning this lovely old factory into a fully operational brewery and pub.”

The £400,000 development is at the heart of the Bradford City Centre Growth Zone and the major refurbishment of the historic factory is part funded by a Bradford Council Growth Zone grant.

The scheme is expected to create 11 full time jobs in the long term and many more involved in the design and construction of the brewery.

Designer David Craig of David Craig Design Consultancy in Saltaire said: “The scheme was approved after some minor negotiations regarding materials, colours, flue size and signage design.

“I am delighted with the outcome, especially that we were able to retain the brewery flues and large mounted brewery signs, as these are vital elements of the building’s new identity.”

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