Springwell Brewery, Leeds

North Brewing Co


Bowman Riley provided consultancy services on Springwell, a new brewery for North Brewing Co with offices and a taproom within an existing derelict 19th century brick-built former leather works in Buslingthorpe conservation area, Leeds.

In 1997, North Brewing Co opened its first craft beer bar in Leeds and in 2015 they opened a brewery and taproom in Leeds. By 2020, had expanded their brewing operations to a point where they needed additional space and their offices were split across several sites.

Our role was to provide advice on all aspects of repurposing the existing building whilst retaining its heritage including making sure it is safe, dealing with the potential for contamination due to its history and rebuilding the culverted stream below. This enabled the building to be sympathetically converted to celebrate its industrial heritage and house a bright, modern brewery within.

We provided technical expertise, cost and project management, advice on compliance with regulations, coordination of the various parts of the project, design work and support for planning and building regulation applications.

Springwell allows North Brewing Co to double their brewing capacity with brewing output increasing to 16,000 hectolitres (2.8 million pints a year) and provides a new 500 person taproom.

Now complete, Springwell provides a central hub for the brewery, head office and its family of seven bars and taprooms. The space allows the brewery and bar operations to come under the same roof and provides a training space.

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Photography credit:  Amy Heycock Photography.