Planners approve £150m Cains Brewery Village

Simon Donohue

Construction of a £150m tourism, leisure and retail attraction on the site of Liverpool's Cains brewery has been approved by planners.

A development partner is now being sought for The Cains Brewery Village, which will incorporate the grade 2-listed Cains brewery buildings. Hotel, cinema and supermarket operators are also being sought.

The development will include a return to production of craft ales for sale in the UK and overseas.

It is hoped that the first phase of the 1m sq ft development in Liverpool's Baltic Quarter will be complete by summer 2016.

Production was halted at the Cains brewery earlier this year after the company was wound up with debts understood to be several million pounds following the loss of a major contract.

Brewery Village is a new company established by the family of Sudarghara Dusanj, who operated the brewery and still owns the land and buildings.

The plans will see the restoration of the grade 2-listed brewery building. It will house the new Cains brewery, museum and event centre and will feature a Sky Bar in the roof which will offer views over the city and the river Mersey.

The building will also house a 94-room boutique hotel, courtyard bistro bar and restaurants and a large open plan retail hall for artisan food producers to make and sell their produce on site.

There will also be a designer retail market for independent fashion businesses and function rooms. The existing historic Brewery Tap pub will be restored and retained.

The plans also include a four-screen independent art-house cinema, a supermarket, health/beauty and fitness centre, up to 775 high quality homes or 2,500 student bedrooms and 500-plus car parking spaces.

The independent art-house cinema is to have treated copper panels on the outside to reflect the copper vessels traditionally used as part of the brewing process.

Sudarghara Dusanj, managing director of Cains Brewery Village, said: "We are going to create a major new tourism and leisure asset for the city which will secure the future of the Cains beer brand and the grade 2-listed brewery for decades to come.

"We are now seeking development partners and operators for the cinema, hotel and supermarket to help take the scheme forward. We are particularly keen to speak to upmarket quality supermarket operators who want to take advantage of what is a clear gap in the city market.

"We'd like to thank the city's planning and regeneration team for all their help in bringing this forward as well as our Baltic Triangle neighbours who have been extremely supportive and have bought into our vision."

Architect for the scheme is Falconer Chester Hall. Brewery Village was advised by Turley Associates.

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"We are particularly keen to speak to upmarket quality supermarket operators who want to take advantage of what is a clear gap in the city market." If ever there was a thinly disguised appeal to Waitrose surely this is it!

By Andrew Evans

I think you will find Aldi or Lidl is upmarket in Liverpool. Spar has fallen out of favour since banning onezies and orange women with curlers in their hair.


And yet it’s only mancs I see on Jeremy Kyle, it beats shopping at your local food bank JD as you are well aware.

By John

You can’t shop at a food bank. Do you even know what it means? What an ignorant comment.


this is a good project for Liverpool I am a demolition contractor and I would like to work on this project can any one help me with me with more info

By david turpin

Though I recognised you in the queue John. Had the Liverpool one run out? I like the manchester one as it has M&S food rather than farmfoods.

By John's Mate

I do take issue with the assumption that the obvious upmarket supermarket has to be Waitrose. Booths has a far superior offering across the full range of food and groceries (perhaps with the exception of fish)

By Brian

Andrew it could have been a thinly veiled comment to Booths – we wouldnt mind one of those too!!!!!!!!!!!

By Dick Turpin

Lets hope Mr Demolition contractor that any features are retained and used somewhere in the new development – as I noticed the old Schofields Lemonade factory and all the fabulous stonework is being shipped to New York

By Annie Baines

It’s very interesting that you only found one ignorant comment there worth commenting on SMA, that possibly shows some ignorance on your part!

By John

Lets hope Liverpool can have a bit of sense and keep this great place. All the end of which side of the 62 nonsense aside – it was a sad day when the Boddingtons brewery went! Lets not make the same mistakes with this. The old Higsons signs on the brewery tap pub etc – once its gone its gone! Lets keep it hey?

By Annie Baines