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BrewDog dusts off Aberdeenshire brewery expansion

February 10 2015

BrewDog dusts off Aberdeenshire brewery expansion
Surging demand for craft beers has prompted Aberdeenshire brewer BrewDog to dust off plans for a £5m overhaul of its Balmacassie base.

The irreverent beer brand is seeking to boost efficiency at its plant, which will be dominated by a clutch of giant fermentation tanks, by providing enhanced spaces for employees.

In a design statement Steven Morris of Taylor Design Services noted: “An initial observation by ourselves was the scale of the new fermentation tanks, however, the capacity levels that are projected fully require this scale of tank. Alternative options were investigated to increase the diameter of the tanks to shorten them, however, to fall in line with the structural restrictions of the tank footprints and also, more importantly, the negative impact on the brewing process when the diameter is increased, impacting on the surface area and optimum settlement within the tanks.

“The frontage of the new phase has deliberately been brought forward to help break a potential monotonous streetscape, whilst not impacting on roads visibility criteria.”

The new plant would take the place of an existing recycling centre which will be relocated by BrewDog.


Ian Alexander
#1 Posted by Ian Alexander on 10 Feb 2015 at 18:44 PM
Wow I love it. This is the type of bold architecture the Aberdeen area needs.
The rare positive UR comment
#2 Posted by The rare positive UR comment on 11 Feb 2015 at 09:39 AM
I detect a hint of sarcasm in Ian's comment however this is not a city center development it is serving a functional industrial purpose. Is there any sense in lying about it’s true function and dressing it up with ‘lipstick on a gorilla’ faux details. It actually reminds me of a Charles Sheeler American landscape.
Bob, Agg & Williie
#3 Posted by Bob, Agg & Williie on 11 Feb 2015 at 13:29 PM
Ian, it's not exactly central Union Street, it's a light industrial estate in Ellon (although it does have slightly more charm than most of central Aberdeen)
Ian Alexander
#4 Posted by Ian Alexander on 11 Feb 2015 at 22:05 PM
Reading my comments again I can see why it has been taken as sarcism. That was unfortunate as I was actually meaning it as a complement. I really like the building and also the company which will be using it.

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