Ilkeston-based housebuilder Fairgrove Homes has secured the future of a series of Grade II* listed buildings, after successfully completing the purchase of the remaining land at the former Hardys and Hansons Kimberley Brewery.
The Brewery Yard development is the latest phase of redevelopment and regeneration for this historical site. Fairgrove Homes began work at the former Kimberley Brewery in 2015 and has since completed the first phase, as well as 75% of the second of five phases of development at the site – which will see a range of apartments, townhouses, semi-detached and detached homes built at the site.
Successfully completing the purchase of the remaining land at the site means that the preserved Grade II* listed buildings surrounding the former brewery yard – including the kilns, kiln stores, tower and the maltings – can now be repaired and converted into luxury dwellings and office spaces.
Work on the listed buildings will now begin in earnest – presenting some exciting opportunities, as Fairgrove Homes’ Sales and Marketing Manager Vanessa Gregory goes on to explain.
“This is a landmark day in the redevelopment of the former Kimberley Brewery site!” said Vanessa.
“Throughout the planning process, the local community has been forefront of our minds – with regular consultations to ensure that the legacy of the former Hardys and Hansons Brewery is preserved for future generations at Hanson View through the loving restoration of these historic buildings.
“Legal completion now opens doors to a range of other opportunities for the local community. In addition to providing new homes and securing the future of the listed buildings, we will be actively seeking to recruit apprentices to join our team in 2019 and local subcontractors will be brought in to complete the redevelopment. Broxtowe Borough Council will also benefit by being able to provide a range of attractive new homes to residents as part of its wider plans.”
The site has been empty since 2006 and almost fell into a state of disrepair – with many local residents fearing the site would never be redeveloped.
The opportunity now exists to secure the future of the buildings and the historical significance of the site, as well as building new homes and boosting the local economy through the creation of a business hub, with great links to the M1 and Nottingham city centre.
East Midlands-based law firm, Nelsons, represented Fairgrove Homes throughout the purchase process.
Mary Gharmount, associate commercial property solicitor, said: “This is an important and significant development for the town as the brewery was a major employer in the area until it was sold in 2006 – it has stood empty ever since. It’s great to see that the historic buildings, some of which date back to the 19th century, will be restored and preserved for future generations, alongside stylish new homes, cottages and apartments.”