Developer snaps up Weymouth’s historic quay

December 20, 2016 / Isla MacFarlane
Developer snaps up Weymouth’s historic quay

Versant Developments & Homes has completed its purchase of the historic Brewers Quay site in Weymouth, set to become a multi-million pound mixed-use development.

“We are aware that the site has changed hands a number of times in the past and has not been brought to fruition, to the disappointment of the local community,” said Frank Mountain, Managing Director of Versant Developments & Homes.

“The completion of this deal is positive news for Weymouth and we want to emphasise our commitment to ensuring the future of this historic site.”

The Brewers Quay site comprises the Grade II listed former Victorian brewery and adjoining Coopers Building, which span 50,719 sq. ft. combined, with existing planning consent for 35 apartments, commercial and events space. There will also be a new heritage museum at the heart of the scheme, occupying four floors.  This will be supported by a new 25 year lease to give security of tenure and enable the Weymouth Museum Trust to apply for Heritage Lottery funding.

In addition, the purchased site also expands to the underused Newton’s Road Car Park to the south, which has existing permission for new townhouses and apartments with soft landscaping. The nearby Newberry Gardens Car Park will be retained for parking usage for local residents – which has been secured for a further 25 years.

Versant Developments & Homes will be working closely with Brimelow McSweeney Architects and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council to draw up slightly revised designs for the scheme, expected to be submitted for approval Q1/Q2 next year.

Versant Developments & Homes intends to deliver a phased build programme to minimise disruption to the local area, due to commence Q3 2017, pending planning approval.

Cllr James Farquharson, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Economic Development, said, “We’re confident this development will sensitively restore this Grade II listed building, re-establishing its status as a prime focal point within the resort’s historic waterfront.

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