Wild Beer

Clarkebond are providing pre-planning Drainage, geotechnical, Transportation, civil and structural engineering services to support the development for a new £4.4m purpose-built 5000m2 ‘craft’ brewery and restaurant on part of the site of the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet in Somerset.

Somerset’s Wild Beer Co is pushing ahead with the plans following a successful initiative to raise money through crowdfunding which has already exceeded its £1m target.

The new facility will include a production brewery, capable of producing over 12,000,000 litres per year, as well as a visitor centre featuring a large bar, restaurant, conference facilities, shop fermentation hall, gardens and a children’s play area.

It is proposed that the project will include a number of sustainable building features to support the objective to create a very energy efficient building and operation. Glued laminated timber, green roof, anaerobic digestion, photo voltaic panels are all being considered.

The transportation issues for the brewery was of a particular concern in the area and for the County Council, with detailed modelling and assessment work completed to show that the surrounding highway network has capacity and the requirement for any offsite reinforcement was avoided.

Clarkebond are currently engaged in the detailed design of the development to provide the complex foundation, floor slab and drainage solutions required for a brewery development, especially given that the ground is limestone at shallow depth.

The project is due to commence construction in March 2018 with a view to being open for the Bath and West Show in May 2019.