Brewery Square Masterplan

Location Dorchester
Client The Brewery Square Development Company
Size 4.6ha
Status Planning Granted

For more information on this project please contact Sanjiv Gohil.

Located in the historic Roman town of Dorchester, Brewery Square is an extensive mixed-use redevelopment of the former 4.6ha Eldridge Pope Brewery. Situated between Dorchester’s historic market and the main London line station at Dorchester South, the masterplan comprises 660 new homes, a new high-quality civic square, shops, restaurants, a cinema, medical centre and a new station.

CZWG designed the masterplan and 24 new buildings and, in collaboration with Conran & Partners, who were commissioned to work on the restoration of the listed buildings, secured full planning consent in November 2007.

CZWG were subsequently retained in a monitoring role throughout the construction programme and have delivered, over three phases, 12 striking new buildings, 242 homes (46 Affordable for Rent and Shared Ownership), a multiscreen cinema, hotel, care home, medical centre and two new public squares:

the Dray House yard square and ‘Brewery Square’, a large central civic open space with multi-jet fountains, shops, restaurants, and a giant LED ‘Screen-in-the-Square’ at the heart of the development.

The fine listed buildings were used to form Brewery Square, but the overall character of the quarter is not only historic but a composite of differing architecture, scale and uses each achieving a considered transition from one character to another.

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