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The proposed development will involve the renovation of the Brewhouse Building on the former Smithwicks (Diageo)

Brewery site in the townland of Gardens, Kilkenny. It is proposed that the existing industrial building will be renovated to accommodate a range of uses including education, research & development and/or office. The project will also include the development of a public realm area, incorporating Horse Barrack Lane and the area immediately adjoining the Brewhouse Building.

Floor area

6,500 m² (21325.46ft²)


The Brewhouse Building represents the single largest structure to be retained and reused in the Abbey Creative Quarter Site. Reddy A & U were initially appointed to assess the overall built fabric of the former brewery lands and the Brewhouse was the primary structure that was recommended for retention due to its architectural, historical and structural merits.

The Brewhouse Building itself was originally constructed as a brewing house for the former Smithwick’s Brewery in the early 1960’s with extension added over the next third following 30 years. The original building was designed in the Bauhaus style. The strong influence of Bauhaus design principles is manifested in the original Brewhouse Building.

In the medieval city of Kilkenny, the Brewhouse is a unique structure in terms of its industrial heritage and modernist qualities. Its retention, refurbishment and reuse represents best principles in terms of sustainable development and also forms a key link in the story of the architectural and social history of the city.

The design proposal is based on the following key principles:

Abby Quarter Masterplan, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny