15:58 Monday 04 February 2013

Energy centre to replace a former iconic skyline

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

A REPLACEMENT for Burton’s former iconic skyline is now in the first stages as plans for a brewer’s Central Energy Centre have been submitted.

Jim Shaw, of Molson Coors, has applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council to create the energy centre at the Burton North brewery’s Station Street site as part of multi-million pound plans to improve energy efficiency.

The new detached building will replace the obsolete maltings tower which was bulldozed last March as part of the firm’s decision to spend £75 million over more than five years on its facilities in Burton, a move it hopes will spark a ‘brewing renaissance’ in the town.

Incorporated within this new plant, measuring 2,788sq m, will be a chimney flue that sits approximately 164ft (50m) above ground level to exhaust the new facility.

Jonathan Darcy, at PMGroup, agents acting on behalf of Coors, said: “The proposed energy centre provides an opportunity for the site to improve its energy efficiency, minimise its impact to the environment and sustain brewing in Burton for generations to come.

“The current facilities have reached ‘end of working life’ stage and the new facility will replace inefficient heating and cooling systems that do not have the capability to support beer production at Burton Brewery in the long term. The replacement of the boilers, cooling plant, compressors and ancillary equipment and the consolidation of this plant provides significant improvements of efficiency that ultimately reduces the ongoing energy consumption and therefore carbon emissions. It is also intended that some of the waste heating and cooling can be recovered and used else where.

“The new facility is the first in a series of proposed new buildings over the five year redevelopment programme to improve efficiency and future viability of the site.”

The proposed centre consolidates the heating, cooling and energy required for beer production at the North Brewery site in one location.

The driving force for the new facility is to ensure Burton Brewery is fit for the future. In addition, the energy centre will bring environmental benefits and contribute towards Molson Coors’ goal of saving 2 billion pints of water and to reduce energy usage by 20 per cent by 2020.

Mr Darcy added: “The company is keen to retain their presence in the Burton area; the energy supply from this building promotes increased efficiency, value and sustainability; this is likely to result in new manufacturing facilities and further investment.”

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