We are delighted to announce the completion of a new state-of-the-art brewery & HQ for Wells & Co – an independent, family-owned business with a 190-strong portfolio of award-winning pubs.
As the principal contractor, Clegg Food Projects were responsible for the construction of the multi-million-pound purpose-built headquarters – named Brewpoint – for Wells & Co. The brewery project started on site in summer 2019 and continued to progress throughout lockdown.
The 20,000 sq. ft Bedfordshire-based facility brings Wells & Co’s new home together under one roof, focusing on the creation of exceptional beer together with a pub-restaurant, retail shop, coffee roastery, offices, and a visitor centre that will offer guided tours.
While trading restrictions imposed on the hospitality sector mean Brewpoint’s full launch must wait until Spring 2021, Wells & Co. opened ‘A Taste of Brewpoint’ on the 8th November to the public, a pop-up outside bar that ensures customers can get a flavour of its offering.
The construction of the site and installation of its brewery facilities has meant that the business has been able to launch its online shop, allowing beer lovers the chance to order and collect Brewpoint’s brand-new beer and merchandise offering.
It will be capable of producing 30,000 hectolitres of beer each year equivalent to five million pints. Brewpoint also hosts a smaller 100 litre brewing facility, which will provide a continual stream of new beers to try at the site’s bar every week.
A key focus for project was sustainability, with the main brewery plant designed with solar cells on the roof, solar shading, air source heating and cooling reducing their CO2 impact and improving the efficiency of the building.
John Moxon, business development director at Clegg Food Projects, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see this fantastic flagship project complete for Wells & Co.
“Being involved in all aspects of the project – from the site’s power supply to the installation of specialist brewing equipment – has been something that the whole team has been proud to be a part of and we couldn’t be more pleased to now see the brewery come to life.”
Peter Wells, managing director at Wells & Co., commented: “After 143 years and five generations of family involvement, we didn’t embarked on this lightly, but Brewpoint embodies the change of direction we have taken as a business and we couldn’t be happier with the businesses’ new home. It’s expertly designed and allows us to produce a range of beer styles that we would not have dreamed of ten years ago.”