Everards were established in 1849 and have been brewing in the heart of Leicester ever since. Kier are working collaboratively with this local family business in order to regenerate an area of previously inaccessible land. Everards Meadows Phase 1 consisted of a £2.5m enabling contract in order to allow access to the site including a newly constructed bridge over the River Soar and road and infrastructure works. Everards Meadows Phase 1A followed, which was the construction of a cycle centre and a café. This final phase, 1B, is the construction of the brewery, beer hall and office space so that Everards can move their whole operation to the Meadows.
One of the most challenging aspects of the project will be the installation of the brewing equipment, much of which needs to be lifted into the building before the roof is fitted due to the size.
The brewery will be a traditional steel frame structure and will consist of some masonry but mainly curtain walling and cladding to the four elevations. The rooves consist of a single ply membrane roof to the office area and a built-up liner sheet system to the remainder. Internal walls to be mainly dry lining with some blockwork walls in the process area. Access raised flooring to formed in the office area and the process area is to be of a concrete slab with resin and tile finishes. External service yard to be constructed from concrete and the car parking area to be block paved.
A close working relationship has been established with the client to ensure that the approach is entirely collaborative. Kier and Everards have also kept constant contact with Blaby District Council to put into effect their employment and skills plan to ensure that the project is having the maximum positive impact on the surrounding area.
Working collaboratively with Everards, we were recently able to use cranes to lift the 16 brewing vessels into place, eight of which had a height of 5m, with the larger eight reaching 8m in height. The installation of the brewery vessels prepares the building for the next milestone, which will be in early 2020 when the brewing tanks will be installed.
Due to open in late 2020, the brewery and beer hall will allow Everards to integrate their manufacturing process with customer experience, serving their products in the beer hall and offering brewery tours. This regeneration will open up previously inaccessible green space to the public and gives local businesses the chance to operate in an ideal location. It will create several jobs long-term in the cycle centre, café and beer hall, and Kier employees will certainly be returning as customers in the near future.
• 3 apprentices employed
• 5 work experience placements
• 6 jobs created for local people
• 28 days of training for staff & supply chain
• 30% of supply chain spend within 30 miles
• 80% of supply chain spend within 40 miles
• 42 – most recent CCS score
• 83 students and pupils given site tours
Progress images - January 2020
Brewing vessels installation
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