Homes breathe new life into old brewery
WORK has started to change the buildings of one of Somerset's oldest breweries into a range of homes complete with their own swimming pool and gym.
Oakhill Brewery will become a complex of 25 homes ranging from one-bed flats to five-bed family homes from penthouses to designer apartments. Work has started on the project being created by Oakhill Brewery Developments and the plan is for it to be released in phases.
Founded in the 1760s the Oakhill Brewery has been a landmark in the village for decades. It is situated in the heart of the village just off the A367 Shepton Mallet to Radstock road.
The original malthouse and other buildings are now being converted into new homes by contractors Graham Building & Development, which specialises in sympathetic renovations, conversions of listed buildings and structures of architectural interest as well as commercial projects.
The developers are committed to retaining the character and charm of the original building, providing homes for the local community.
Oakhill Brewery Developments managing director Kevin Newton said the intention was to restore the brewery to its former position as the focus of the community.
He said: "This has to be one of the most exciting restoration and conversion projects anywhere in Somerset and is perfect for those wanting city centre luxury in a country village environment, with good links to Bath and Bristol alongside a network of popular schools.
"The brewery has been an outstanding local landmark for centuries and that won't change as the distinctive stone facade of the original malthouse will be preserved for future generations."
Oakhill Brewery was founded in the 1760s by Messers Jordan and Perkins before being taken over by Jordan and Billingsley. For most of the 19th century the Jillard and Spencer families were the owners, and in the early 20th century, the Hobhouse family came into the business.
Kevin said: "The most famous owner was John Billingsley, a local entrepreneur known for many major engineering projects in Somerset. He was a practical and forward thinking man and we are determined the development lives up to his exacting standards as the new focus for the community."
The development offers a range of one, two and three bedded apartments and duplexes, along with larger family homes - and most come with a separate study offering the opportunity for new owners to work from home.
The project is scheduled to take less than two years and apartment prices start from £150,000. A sales office will be opening on site in August telephone 0800 0116830.