Two historic former Bass maltings buildings are to be transformed into 143 apartments in a nod to Burton’s global brewing heritage.
Numbers 1 and 2 The Maltings, off Wetmore Road, Burton, are two impressive 19th century buildings once owned by Bass Brewery when it was the largest brewer in the world. Planners have said turning them into homes would “act as a memory of a time when Burton was at the centre of a global business which would have touched the majority of families in Burton”.
There were originally dozens of the Maltings buildings on the site but most have been bulldozed, leaving numbers 1, 2 and 3. Number 3 was recently converted into flats but, in August, it was left badly damaged by a large fire which started accidentally.
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Maltings Developments Limited has now been given permission by planning authority East Staffordshire Borough Council to turn buildings 1 and 2 into 143 apartments to provide a mixture of one and two-bed apartments and studios with additional apartments in the converted old water tower building to the north-west corner of the application site.
The buildings have been empty since the 1960s as the brewery business evolved and introduced new methods of production in new accommodation elsewhere.
The majority of the maltings building have been demolished leaving numbers 1, 2 and 3 in isolation. Originally built as numbers 16, 17 and 18, these survivors were given listed building status along with numbers 19 and 20 in June 1979. Numbers 19 and 20 have since been demolished.
The current number 3 suffered a serious fire in 1978 which resulted in the loss of much of the timber superstructure to the malting floors and the roof, and again in August, this year.
Numbers 1 and 2 have had many uses since they were emptied by the brewery with evidence remaining of a bakery products manufacturer which once occupied the buildings.
(Image: Maltings Developments Limited)
In more recent years planning permission was gained for the siting of additional flour silos in 1993.
The buildings are now empty and are starting to suffer decay to the fabric.
A report submitted alongside the application said: “The fact that the buildings continue to be empty demonstrates that the market for a building use appropriate for the full retention of all of its fabric does not exist. It has been established that residential use is a viable use as demonstrated by the acceptance of the conversion of number 3 in planning terms.
“The location of the buildings and access for large commercial vehicles is not ideal and it is foreseeable that the extant commercial uses around the site will continue to decline over the coming years as more contemporary commercial accommodation is built in more accessible locations elsewhere.
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