Cains brewery village

Plans submitted for £50m Cains brewery village

Simon Donohue

Plans for a £50m leisure development on the site of the former Cains brewery have been submitted to Liverpool City Council.

Brewery Village Ltd want to develop the site and restore the grade 2-listed brewery into a national and international visitor destination.

It would house a new Cains brewery and a visitor centre. The building would also house a 94-room boutique hotel, court yard bistro bar & restaurants and a large open plan retail hall for artisan food producers to make and sell their produce on site.

The plans also include proposals for a four-screen independent art-house cinema, separate food store, health, beauty and fitness centre, 725 high quality homes and 500-plus car parking spaces.

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.

They are seeking joint venture development partners to invest in the scheme, with their "stake" in the project the provision of the land and buildings.

Dusanj said: "We want to create a major new tourism and leisure asset for the city which would secure the future of the Cains beer brand and the grade 2-listed brewery for decades to come.

"Cities like Manchester and Newcastle have been unable to save their traditional breweries but we know this scheme will ensure Liverpool has a thriving and historic brewery building for future generations."

The proposed scheme was designed by Falconer Chester Hall.

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