Renovation of the Brewhouse Building on the former Smithwicks (Diageo) Brewery site in Kilkenny. It is proposed that the existing industrial building will be renovated to accommodate a range of uses such as education, research & development and office use.
6,500 m² (69,940ft²)
The Brewhouse Building is the largest structure to be retained and reused in the Abbey Creative Quarter master plan prepared by Reddy A+U.
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. Located in a medieval city, the Brewhouse is unique in terms of its industrial heritage and modernist qualities.
Its refurbishment and reuse represents best principles in terms of sustainable development and forms a key link in 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 archway and route through the building to facilitate the Creative Quarter master plan aspirations
Sensitive contemporary interventions creating a new penthouse level overlooking the National Monument of St Francis Abbey and a new entrance along Horse Barrack lane
The reuse of the former Brewing Hall to create 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.