Plans for Mansfield brewery site taking shape

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ARCHITECTS have released images of how Mansfield’s former brewery site could be transformed into a culinary college and visitor attraction.

Chad had reported how a group led by former brewery managing director Ron Kirk is hoping to bring a ‘game-changing’ development to the town.

Maber Architects, which has been heavily involved with the proposal, has released images which show how the site might take shape.

A new brewery would be built next to the Making It! centre on Littleworth with an adjacent restaurant and visitor centre.

The main entrance feature to the site would be on the corner of Littleworth and Great Central Road.

On the Great Central Road ‘upper level’ the Institute of Food and Drink would be constructed with teaching blocks and practical study areas.

There will also be car parking on this level.

The land opposite the institute has been ear-marked for student accommodation.

On the ‘lower level’ off Weighbridge Road, there are plans for business starter units to be used by students and a state-of-the art energy unit which would recycle waste from the brewery to power the rest of the site.

One of the triggers behind the ambitious plan was a national newspaper article which highlighted a training and skills gap in the food and drink industry.

Mr Kirk also believes the plan can transform Mansfield town centre while restoring a part of its heritage.

The cost of the plan has been worked out at about £40m and the group is seeking private sector investment to ‘make the dream a reality’ for Mansfield.