Robinsons brews up relocation plans
The brewery and pub operator is moving all of its Stockport operations from the town centre to its 100,000 sq ft packaging site in Bredbury, investing £12m.
Robinsons’ relocation will free up the Lower Hillgate site for redevelopment.
In Bredbury, Robinsons plans to create a 20,000 sq ft brewhouse and a 20,000 sq ft head office, bringing all of its operations under one roof.
The company is working with architect Franklin Ellis to draw up plans, and the relocation is expected to be completed by 2025.
The decision to leave Lower Hillgate, a site it has operated from for almost 200 years, came about due to the “economic and logistical limitations of the site”, Robinsons said.
Joint managing directors Oliver and William Robinson said: “The family is very proud of its heritage in Stockport and very respectful of it.
“This announcement demonstrates our commitment to writing a new chapter in our history, continuing to brew, deliver and package award-winning cask, keg and bottled beer from Stockport under 100% family ownership.”
Robinsons has been working with Stockport Council to look at the opportunity that freeing up the present brewery site would provide for further regeneration of the historic town centre.
Leader of Stockport Council, Cllr Elise Wilson, said: “It is great to see Robinsons continuing to invest in Stockport where they have been doing business for many years.
“This is also really good news for jobs within the borough. We look forward to seeing their future plans for the town centre site as they are developed over the coming months.”