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Guinness at
Old Brewer’s Yard

A new micro-brewery and culture hub in London – Consultation

Q&A


GENERAL POINTS FOR ALL AREAS


This figure is a combination of different types of footfalls. It includes hyper local, local London, GB visitors and international visitors. The usages range from F&B, retail, brand tours and events.



See document above



We will have several event spaces in the buildings, the main one being in the underground event space of Langley Bar. That space will be fully enabled for any type of event which could include screening events. We are hopeful that being in the basement will be a reassuring location to hold events in terms of noise The courtyard is designed to be a food and beverage space with ambient background music – any larger scale use we would anticipate requiring temporary event notices Capacities are in the separate document



Old Brewers’ Yard: The proposals include new openings at ground floor level to Old Brewers’ Yard – all light spill from these new openings will be contained within the yard itself, surrounded as it is by five / six storey buildings. Similarly in terms of noise, the day-to-day use of the yard will be for approximately 150 – 250 people generally seated with ambient music. An acoustic assessment has been carried out for the development and has been shared in the BOX file to which the CGCA has access to.

1, Mercer Walk: The proposals do not entail any new openings to the building with the exception of the reinstatement of eight former windows to the Langley Street (East) façade which have been blocked up in recent years and are located predominantly at ground and first floor levels. No neon signage is proposed – any external signage and lighting shall be subject to a separate (future) planning application.

15A Neal Street: The shopfront shall contain more glazing than the existing façade (at ground floor level only) but as the street already contains public lighting at high level the impact to surrounding properties of any additional light spill from the ground level would be negligible. No neon signage is proposed – any external signage and lighting shall be subject to a separate (future) planning application.

Shelton Street Roof Extensions No neon signage is proposed and any potential light spill as a result of the internal lighting to the proposed roof extension shall be considered and mitigated against if required in detail design proposals. Any external signage and lighting shall be subject to a separate (future) planning application.



Toilets will be provided in the basement space via the newly created entrance from OBY. The provision of toilets has been allocated within Westminster guidelines for the spaces. Public will have access to the courtyard and toilets under the management of the facility.



Yes there are original features peppered around buildings and our approach is to retain



Other than retail, no. Food and drink are served to be consumed on site



We will be applying to operate no later than core Westminster hours for all premises



See document above



We hope to engage with the community in many ways and to use the scheme in many ways. One of these ways would indeed be to have a space for local groups to use at peppercorn rental


Mercers Walk


See document above



yes we believe there is, as the experiences are all within the buildings or courtyard there will be little nee to accommodate visitors beyond that



There will be appropriate management plans in place to manage people. We do not anticipate queues as ticket purchase or experiences are booked within the spaces. 1 Mercer walk for example is open retail on the ground floor where anyone can come in and then book for additional experiences



Yes – we anticipate people leaving in small groups, especially after a tour / brewery experience



The proposals do not entail any new openings to the building with the exception of the reinstatement of eight former windows to the Langley Street (East) façade which have been blocked up in recent years and are located predominantly at ground and first floor levels. There are no residential properties affected by this as all opposing windows (East side of Langley Street) do not have a residential use. No neon signage is proposed – any external signage and lighting shall be subject to a separate (future) planning application.



Unfortunately, there is not a green roof, but we will have solar on some roof space. We also will be submitting permission for a green / living wall to bring biodiversity to the scheme


28-32 Shelton Street


The physical windows will remain the same, but they will be a darker colour in our proposal



Our approach is to retain



The recessed entrance is to allow for fire doors which have to open outwards, and not cause risk to footfall on street. We are exploring solutions to closing the recessed entrance in closed hours / evening



We are not resurfacing anything on Shelton Street



Not applicable – this is out of our demise



We are exploring solutions to design with the Heritage team at Westminster – the original proposal is being stepped back as one of those considerations



There is a limited view from street level. Once we have finished re-working the scheme, we will submit verified views of the appearance from multiple viewpoints as part of our submission.



Yes it could be - This is also a design option that is now being explored as part of the consultation process


The Courtyard


Yes, the courtyard has been designed to allow for all deliveries to be delivered into the courtyard. The roof structure will have appropriate space for vehicles to continue to use it and to turn around. Waste will be collected and stored in the dedicated basement space within the Mercers’ waste management plan and collected from within the courtyard, during the allocated Westminster hours



See document above. There will be a mixture of seated and self service



Yes – this will be uploaded onto the website



During the confidential period we could not speak to groups directly. Now we can, we are receiving contacts from community groups, resident groups, local initiatives and welcome any groups of partner introductions. We will update a list of partners as soon as we have engaged directly with each of them



Yes -this is of course something we would like to discuss



This will be a mix of columns and fixings to some of the existing building facades where possible


5A Barrel Room Langley Street


This space will be fully enabled for any type of event which could include screening events. We are hopeful that being in the basement will be a reassuring location to hold events in terms of noise. There will be a wide range of events both internal, external and community. Please see capacities in separate document


15A Neal Street


we hope to partner with local London artist and talents to create bespoke collaborations for retail and exhibition



We are working on an operational management plan and will be focussing on management of footfall, later hours operating times and overall management of noise and impact on Neal Street and its residents. This will all be included in our final planning submission


Overview


See document above



See document above. There will be a mixture of seated and self service


1 Mercer Walk


This is proposed to be a green wall. We are working with Mercers and the council to potentially relocate the public art within the site


5 Langley Street Basement


This space will be fully enabled for any type of event which could include screening events. We are hopeful that being in the basement will be a reassuring location to hold events in terms of noise. There will be a wide range of events both internal, external and community. Please see capacities in separate document



This is an ongoing workstream to establish relevance in the local community by partnering and establishing community needs, and then hosting them in the space, as well curating a wide and varied cultural event program throughout the year.


Servicing Waste and Deliveries


These are provided as part of the Mercers block’s C & D, where communal waste facilities are in place for tenants of each of the blocks. Guinness within the scheme will be served as Draught.



All deliveries for Block D will be consolidated within Old Brewer Yard and those for 1 Mercer Walk will be done via the existing Mercer Walk operational management plan. Details of these will be set out in the Site management plan



This is prepared in draft form, with finalisation planned within the coming days.



Transport statement is developed and will form part our planning submission .



As per point 2 above, we are going to operate all deliveries for 1 Mercer Walk in line with the existing operational management plan for the Mercer Walk Development.



Not planned as we have no parking within the scheme and we would encourage people to use alternative forms of transport.


Sustainability


The current plan was to add tanks within the scheme to hold the rain water



We are not using any underground water


Floor Plans


28-32 Shelton Street


Yes and our approach is to retain. For example: Original Façade and brickwork will be retained



yes it does



Yes it is and yes there are two – one for clean and one for dirty items


3rd floor


This is a space which can be used for multiple event uses. E.g. private dining, or exhibition, or meeting room


6th Floor


Yes this is a covered area, with a small outside terrace overlooking the courtyard and facing the rear. There will be ambient music only on the external terrace. We are exploring with the design team to add an additional screen to the small terrace which would then close off any view onto Neil Street / Odhams walk


5 Langley Street - Basement


Yes – we will retain as per the rest of scheme approach. E.g. here – we will keep all original columns



See document above



please see website for our hours



this is the area not in our demise


Ground floor


this is the area not in our demise


15A


it is a retail unit predominantly, however we are opening the original rear aperture to open u the view from Neal street and add permeability


Rear of 7 Langley


is it seated or vertical drinking? Is it a proposed A4 use – this is a bar and outdoor eating and drink location, as per the above answers


1 Mercer Walk - Floor plans


please see the separate document for capacities. This space is firstly the microbrewery, providing the innovative liquids. Secondly it operates as a retail space on the ground floor and then finally it has an experiential tour element which people have to book in small groups. The bar experience is part of that ticket. Please note this also houses the Southern hub for Diageo’s learning for life program



please see above. This is a live workstream and foundation of the project – we look forward to getting to know the community and truly collaborate together



See document above. It is not an open bar, please see experience description above



this is secondary brewing and kegging of liquid plus learning for life southern hub



this is staff welfare


Additional questions


We are brewing speciality brews and seasonal innovations. Guinness itself will be brewed in Dublin, but available on draught here



As planned this are with you today Friday 18th



Yes they have already been taken into account and we will continue to take your valuable input



We are hoping to submit planning by the beginning of next month and continue to adapt and amend thinking over the next week with any further inputs.


Please direct any feedback or questions to GB&Ireland, consumercare consumercare.GBandIreland@diageo.com