THE countdown has begun on the transformation of the UK’s biggest brewery, which will see a multi-million pound investment in Burton and a dramatic alteration to the town’s skyline.
In March, Molson Coors will begin the demolition of the 190ft (57m) maltings tower in its Burton North site off Station Street.
The beer giant is hoping to clear the ground for a state-of-the-art energy centre, a beer processing plant, refrigeration facility and a new bottling plant.
It is hoped the £75 million investment will help safeguard the future of brewing in the town. The demolition work is predicted to take 14 weeks to finish.
Jeremy Derbyshire, general manager at Molson Coors’ Burton brewery, said: “We are proud of our Burton heritage and these plans reflect our long-term commitment to brewing in the town.
“We’re focused on modernising parts of the brewery to ensure we meet the future needs of customers and drinkers, and remain at the heart of the Burton community for generations to come.
“The redevelopment plans will also bring about significant environmental benefits and help contribute to our UKwide plans to save almost two billion pints of water and reduce energy usage by 20 per cent.”
In order to minimise the impact on the surrounding community the facilities will be dismantled ‘piece by piece’.
The obsolete tower was built in 1983 as part of the former Ind Coope maltings.
In its place will be an ‘innovative’ energy centre which will improve efficiency at the site as well as opening up a new chapter in Burton’s brewing history, if planning permission is granted.
New bottling and canning lines will be installed elsewhere on the site, and will revolutionise the way the company is able to deliver beer on supermarket shelves.
The brewer said the Shobnall Maltings in Wellington Road would be unaffected by the work.