Renovation of the Brewhouse Building on the former Smithwicks (Diageo) Brewery site in Kilkenny. The existing industrial building is proposed to be renovated to accommodate a range of uses such as education, research & development and office use. It lies within the master plan prepared by Reddy A+U for the wider Abbey Creative Quarter area and is the largest structure to be retained and reused in the plan.
Floot area: 6,500 m² (69,940 ft²)
Location: Abbey Quarter, Kilkenny
The Brewhouse Building was designed in the Bauhaus style and constructed for the former Smithwick’s Brewery in the early 1960s with extension added over the following 30 years, and is rare in terms of its industrial heritage and modernist qualities. Its refurbishment and reuse represents best principles in sustainable development and forms a key link in the architectural and social history of the city.
The proposal is based on the following key principles:
Retention and reinstatement of the original industrial aesthetic
Creation of a new route through the building to facilitate the aspirations of the Creative Quarter master plan
Sensitive contemporary interventions
The reuse of the former Brewing Hall as an atrium space at the heart of the building
The provision of a LEED Platinum building
Remodelling of Horse Barrack Lane to provide a new public space at the main entrance to the building.