Brewer appoints contractor for new Pulborough site

DM1519724a.jpg Hepworth's moving brewery from Horsham to Pulborough. Andy Hepworth. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150727-190221008
DM1519724a.jpg Hepworth's moving brewery from Horsham to Pulborough. Andy Hepworth. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150727-190221008

A construction company has been awarded a contract worth more than £500,000 for the development of a successful local brewery.

In July, the County Times exclusively reported that Hepworth and Co Brewers finalised plans to expand from their brewery in Horsham to a larger site in Pulborough.

Contractors T.A.Colbourne Limited has been recruited to provide the steel structure and shell for the new brewery, on land bought from Brinsbury College off the A29.

Construction is due to be completed in early 2016, and Hepworth’s managing director Andy Hepworth hopes to be operating at the new site next year.

Tom Colbourne, director of T.A.Colbourne, said: “At a time when major brewers are consolidating and selling off their sites for redevelopment, we are delighted to be involved in a success story for British brewing.”

The team is working alongside civil engineering contractor and groundworks and drainage specialists Landbuild Limited to carry out the project.

Mr Colbourne said: “We have worked with Landbuild on several occasions and are pleased to be working alongside the firm to complete the latest Hepworth brewery.”

More than 50 tonnes of galvanised steel, sourced from the Tata Steel plant in Redcar prior to its closure, will make up the structure of the brewery.

Specialist cladding is being installed to cope with the high levels of humidity in the internal environment created by brewing beer.

The announcement of the brewery’s move from its current location in Nightingale Road brought seven years of planning woes to an end.

Work began in July at the expanded 1.8 acre site, which will include a new shop, a larger brewery, bottling hall and warehouses, as well as space for further expansion.

The new site is three times larger than the current brewery, and new jobs will also be created as a result of the move.

Hepworth’s began operating in 2001 following the closure of King and Barnes in the Bishopric the previous year.

The success of the award-winning local business has seen it bottle and develop beers for other companies, including Marks and Spencer and Greene King, alongside its own traditionally-brewed beers and lagers.

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