Work begins on next phase of Dorchester's £100m Brewery Square

Dorset Echo: Brewery Square Brewery Square

WORK has begun on the next phase of Dorchester's £100million Brewery Square development.

Andrew Wadsworth, director of Waterhouse which is developing the site in partnership with Resolution Property, told business leaders in the town that the next chapter in the regeneration of the old brewery site would take around 20 months to complete.

Last month it was revealed Galliford Try had been awarded the £27million contract to work on the next stage, which will see 132 apartments and 15 new shops added.

At a meeting of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce Mr Wadsworth also revealed that it was hoped the bronze dray horse statue planned for Dray Horse Yard would be installed over the Easter weekend and that fundraising would start in the summer for the Malthouse Theatre.

Mr Wadsworth told the business representatives that much of the Brewery Square scheme was about bringing to Dorchester things that it simply did not have before.

These included a town square, with an estimated 4,000 people enjoying Carnival Day around the fountains and the skating rink attracting around 6,000 people over the winter.

Mr Wadsworth said that five shops in the main square have been let and an offer had just been accepted for the remaining unit.

He said: “We have managed to get quality names and we are holding out for that level of quality with the rest of the development.”

Mr Wadsworth added that all 66 apartments in the previous phase had been sold and around 20 per cent of those in the stage about to start had already been bought off plan.

He said the next phase of the project, which includes the Brewhouse Hotel and Malthouse Theatre, would roll on from the current phase.

Mr Wadsworth said the hotel itself was a £10million project while work had been going on for plans for the theatre for around 12 years.

He said Brewery Square would be donating the building itself and had spent around half a million pounds on preparatory works for the 450-seat theatre and would be handing it over to a charitable trust.

Mr Wadsworth added: “We have just finished a new feasibility study and are hoping to launch a fundraising campaign during the summer.”

Mr Wadsworth also dismissed rumours that the Odeon cinema was due to close and becoming a bowling alley.

He said: “It's not going to close and it's not going to become a bowling alley.”

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10:43am Tue 8 Apr 14

Dorset Boy says...

In the mean time the tax payer is being done over by WDDC for the non event in Charles St.
In the mean time the tax payer is being done over by WDDC for the non event in Charles St. Dorset Boy
  • Score: 10

12:13pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Sidney Hall says...

I hope that's not the same builder responsible for the 1610 sports centre. The roof has been left unrepaired since the Feb storms, not even inspected! There's a nice investigation for our local journalist.
I hope that's not the same builder responsible for the 1610 sports centre. The roof has been left unrepaired since the Feb storms, not even inspected! There's a nice investigation for our local journalist. Sidney Hall
  • Score: 5

12:17pm Tue 8 Apr 14

WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED says...

Mr Wadsworth, please can you then bring your expertise to Weymouth and redevelop Brewers Quay on a smaller scale. Weymouth is in desperate need of a classy development like Brewery square. Come on, Weymouth is worth it too...
Mr Wadsworth, please can you then bring your expertise to Weymouth and redevelop Brewers Quay on a smaller scale. Weymouth is in desperate need of a classy development like Brewery square. Come on, Weymouth is worth it too... WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED
  • Score: 14

1:02pm Tue 8 Apr 14

PHonnor says...

WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED wrote:
Mr Wadsworth, please can you then bring your expertise to Weymouth and redevelop Brewers Quay on a smaller scale. Weymouth is in desperate need of a classy development like Brewery square. Come on, Weymouth is worth it too...
Nothing wrong with brewers quay. when people in Weymouth call for such a development I do wonder where they think it will go? There isnt any room in town for that number of flats and the only place would be the pavilion site which is in my mind a complete no go, would not be inkeeping and would be a bloody eyesaw.
[quote][p][bold]WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED[/bold] wrote: Mr Wadsworth, please can you then bring your expertise to Weymouth and redevelop Brewers Quay on a smaller scale. Weymouth is in desperate need of a classy development like Brewery square. Come on, Weymouth is worth it too...[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with brewers quay. when people in Weymouth call for such a development I do wonder where they think it will go? There isnt any room in town for that number of flats and the only place would be the pavilion site which is in my mind a complete no go, would not be inkeeping and would be a bloody eyesaw. PHonnor
  • Score: -10

1:08pm Tue 8 Apr 14

WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED says...

PHonnor wrote:
WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED wrote: Mr Wadsworth, please can you then bring your expertise to Weymouth and redevelop Brewers Quay on a smaller scale. Weymouth is in desperate need of a classy development like Brewery square. Come on, Weymouth is worth it too...
Nothing wrong with brewers quay. when people in Weymouth call for such a development I do wonder where they think it will go? There isnt any room in town for that number of flats and the only place would be the pavilion site which is in my mind a complete no go, would not be inkeeping and would be a bloody eyesaw.
which is why I suggested on a smaller scale. There is alot wrong with Brewers Quay- it used to be lovely and is now a jumble sale and the redevelopment of that beautiful old building would be a fantastic feature for Weymouth, bringing more visitors to the town and more money for restoring Weymouth back to its former glory.
[quote][p][bold]PHonnor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED[/bold] wrote: Mr Wadsworth, please can you then bring your expertise to Weymouth and redevelop Brewers Quay on a smaller scale. Weymouth is in desperate need of a classy development like Brewery square. Come on, Weymouth is worth it too...[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with brewers quay. when people in Weymouth call for such a development I do wonder where they think it will go? There isnt any room in town for that number of flats and the only place would be the pavilion site which is in my mind a complete no go, would not be inkeeping and would be a bloody eyesaw.[/p][/quote]which is why I suggested on a smaller scale. There is alot wrong with Brewers Quay- it used to be lovely and is now a jumble sale and the redevelopment of that beautiful old building would be a fantastic feature for Weymouth, bringing more visitors to the town and more money for restoring Weymouth back to its former glory. WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED
  • Score: 14

11:17am Wed 9 Apr 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Still no sign of phase 2 Charles Street, eh?
Still no sign of phase 2 Charles Street, eh? CoogarUK.com
  • Score: 5

11:35am Wed 9 Apr 14

MrTomSmith says...

WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED wrote:
PHonnor wrote:
WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED wrote: Mr Wadsworth, please can you then bring your expertise to Weymouth and redevelop Brewers Quay on a smaller scale. Weymouth is in desperate need of a classy development like Brewery square. Come on, Weymouth is worth it too...
Nothing wrong with brewers quay. when people in Weymouth call for such a development I do wonder where they think it will go? There isnt any room in town for that number of flats and the only place would be the pavilion site which is in my mind a complete no go, would not be inkeeping and would be a bloody eyesaw.
which is why I suggested on a smaller scale. There is alot wrong with Brewers Quay- it used to be lovely and is now a jumble sale and the redevelopment of that beautiful old building would be a fantastic feature for Weymouth, bringing more visitors to the town and more money for restoring Weymouth back to its former glory.
Its been packed out all week! They have done a brilliant job getting it back up and running over the past year. Pop in and have a chat! Anytime.
[quote][p][bold]WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PHonnor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED[/bold] wrote: Mr Wadsworth, please can you then bring your expertise to Weymouth and redevelop Brewers Quay on a smaller scale. Weymouth is in desperate need of a classy development like Brewery square. Come on, Weymouth is worth it too...[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with brewers quay. when people in Weymouth call for such a development I do wonder where they think it will go? There isnt any room in town for that number of flats and the only place would be the pavilion site which is in my mind a complete no go, would not be inkeeping and would be a bloody eyesaw.[/p][/quote]which is why I suggested on a smaller scale. There is alot wrong with Brewers Quay- it used to be lovely and is now a jumble sale and the redevelopment of that beautiful old building would be a fantastic feature for Weymouth, bringing more visitors to the town and more money for restoring Weymouth back to its former glory.[/p][/quote]Its been packed out all week! They have done a brilliant job getting it back up and running over the past year. Pop in and have a chat! Anytime. MrTomSmith
  • Score: -5

12:58pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Caption Sensible says...

PHonnor wrote:
WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED wrote: Mr Wadsworth, please can you then bring your expertise to Weymouth and redevelop Brewers Quay on a smaller scale. Weymouth is in desperate need of a classy development like Brewery square. Come on, Weymouth is worth it too...
Nothing wrong with brewers quay. when people in Weymouth call for such a development I do wonder where they think it will go? There isnt any room in town for that number of flats and the only place would be the pavilion site which is in my mind a complete no go, would not be inkeeping and would be a bloody eyesaw.
It is this kind of negative, defeatist and closed mind-set that has kept Weymouth down all these years.
[quote][p][bold]PHonnor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WEYMOUTH BORNANDBRED[/bold] wrote: Mr Wadsworth, please can you then bring your expertise to Weymouth and redevelop Brewers Quay on a smaller scale. Weymouth is in desperate need of a classy development like Brewery square. Come on, Weymouth is worth it too...[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with brewers quay. when people in Weymouth call for such a development I do wonder where they think it will go? There isnt any room in town for that number of flats and the only place would be the pavilion site which is in my mind a complete no go, would not be inkeeping and would be a bloody eyesaw.[/p][/quote]It is this kind of negative, defeatist and closed mind-set that has kept Weymouth down all these years. Caption Sensible
  • Score: 9

10:37am Thu 10 Apr 14

MaidofDorset says...

Only a 450 seat theatre? Many musicians etc. won't book a venue under 500 seats as they don't make enough money out of events. In my opinion they need to go for either 500 or 200 for it to be successful.

It would be great for Dorchester to have the live music etc. that Bridport has. Is this a replacement for the Arts Centre or a rival?
Only a 450 seat theatre? Many musicians etc. won't book a venue under 500 seats as they don't make enough money out of events. In my opinion they need to go for either 500 or 200 for it to be successful. It would be great for Dorchester to have the live music etc. that Bridport has. Is this a replacement for the Arts Centre or a rival? MaidofDorset
  • Score: 2

3:11pm Thu 10 Apr 14

February1948 says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
Still no sign of phase 2 Charles Street, eh?
No sign that Simons has used OUR money to develop the site either! It must be nice for WDDC to be able to throw our money away just like that!
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: Still no sign of phase 2 Charles Street, eh?[/p][/quote]No sign that Simons has used OUR money to develop the site either! It must be nice for WDDC to be able to throw our money away just like that! February1948
  • Score: 1

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