LOCATION:Dorchester, Southern England
BREEAM: Very Good, Considerate Constructors Scheme Silver Award
ARCHITECT:CZWG Architects LLP
TYPE OF WORK:New Build
Steeped in history since its original construction in 1879, the project involved transforming Dorchester's Brewery Square into a contemporary development of apartments, shops and restaurants.
Brewery Square is a 21st century redevelopment of a dilapidated Victorian industrial site, which until recently was a poor shadow of its former self. Now it is well on the way to becoming a cultural, retail and leisure destination for a large part of Dorset. High street restaurant chains are joining local boutiques, delicatessens and eateries in locations that overlook the spectacular public square – complete with fountains.
Phase 2A of the square’s wider regeneration has seen the construction and refurbishment of seven different buildings. The Bonded Stores (a Grade II listed building), Fairfield, Ammonite and the Screen House provide a total of 66 luxury apartments and 9,180 square metres of retail space. These have been delivered alongside a three-screen Odeon cinema, a 76 bedroom Premier Inn hotel, and finally, a 90 bed care home which has been delivered for Somerset Redstone Trust (SRT).
Set in a central location and providing a stunning focal point to the development, a central multi-jet fountain and big screen television are sited in an amphitheatre-style arrangement. During summer months this will host screening of short films and major sporting events and in the winter months it will be transformed into an ice rink.