Liverpool City Council in the UK has approved plans for the £150m development of Cains Brewery Village, to make it a tourist venue.
Earlier in 2013, Cains Brewery submitted plans to transform its site into a one million ft² development space dedicated to tourism, leisure and retail.
The project includes the restoration of the Victorian brewery building, which will house a 94-room hotel, courtyard bistro bar and restaurants, and a large open plan retail hall.
Plans also include a four-screen independent art-house cinema, a supermarket, health / beauty and fitness centre, up to 775 homes or 2,500 student bedrooms and more than 500 car parking spaces.
The brewery will house a rooftop bar with views over the city while the existing Brewery Tap pub will be restored and retained and a new Cains brewery will also be constructed as part of the scheme.
The project team includes architects Falconer Chester Hall along with consultants Mott MacDonald, Aecom and Davis Langdon.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said the project would bring new life into the city’s Baltic Quarter.
"The Cains Brewery Village scheme will transform one of the city’s most important historic buildings and create a new tourist destination capable of holding food, craft and cultural events which will complement the city’s existing retail and leisure offer," Anderson said.
Phase one of the development is anticipated to be completed by summer 2016.
The project is expected to attract 2.5 million visits a year, and economic benefits of £25m a year may also be delivered.
Cains Brewery Village managing director Sudarghara Dusanj said, "We are now seeking development partners and operators for the cinema, hotel and supermarket to help take the scheme forward."
Cains Brewery has been producing beer for more than 150 years, but was closed last June after debts piled up.
Image: The project includes the restoration of the Victorian brewery building. Photo: courtesy of Liverpool City Council.