A former brewery at the heart of Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone has been brought back into use with the creation of 20 new jobs.
Phipps beer was brewed in Northampton from 1817 to 1972, and the company occupied the Albion Brewery site from 1899 to 1919. The building currently stands empty after being used for decades as a tannery.
Since its revival in 2008, Phipps has been brewed at the Grainstore Brewery in Oakham, Rutland, but sales have been so strong that there is no longer sufficient capacity.
A move back to Northampton was the ideal solution, offering a chance to capitalise on the benefits of locating with the Enterprise Zone and recapture a strand of company heritage.
This is the latest in a string of key developments for the area which also include Northamptonshire County Council’s Project Angel, new University of Northampton student accommodation at St John’s and Northampton’s new Cultural Quarter.
All will help breathe life back into parts of the town which have gradually become rundown and under-used, helping revitalise Northampton town centre.
Phipps also has plans for a tap bar where the brewing process can be viewed through a glass partition. Tours, conference facilities and corporate brewing weekends could all feature as later stages of the development.