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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.

Floor area

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:

Abby Quarter Masterplan, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny