A historic brewery is being given a new lease of life as works start on a major housing development at the old Hardy and Hansons site in the heart of Kimberley.
Acting on behalf of house builder Fairgrove Homes, Nelsons has completed the purchase of Phase one of the site, which has planning permission for 25 new build homes and five conversions off the Hardy Street access. Contracts on the purchase of the balance of the site have also been exchanged, which will lead to the refurbishment, and conversion of the old tower and maltings buildings and the construction of many more new homes for Kimberley.
Originally built in the 1800s, the Kimberley brewery was a major employer in Nottingham, but was sold in 2006, and since abandoned in 2011.
Mary Gharmount, Associate and commercial property solicitor at Nelsons, said: “We have been working on this project since October 2016, and have arranged the site purchase, assisted with funding, infrastructure and site set up. We will also be managing the sales of the planned properties.
“This significant development has been particularly challenging, due to the historic nature of the site and complexities surrounding applications for converting buildings in conservation areas. But a suitable agreement for Fairgrove Homes and the local authority has been reached, given approval of reserved matters for Phase one, and we think the planned properties will make excellent use of the derelict site.
“Thanks to our team of commercial property law experts, we have been able to support the first phase of the project from start to finish. It is great to reach this stage in the development and see that construction works have been able to start.”
Vanessa Gregory, sales and marketing manager at Fairgrove Homes said: “Developing at historic sites can have its challenges; thankfully the team at Nelsons is very experienced in the regulations for housebuilders and have worked with us to get us to this important milestone in the project timeline. We have been really impressed with Mary and her team and are excited to bring our plans to life.”
The 30 planned properties in the initial phase will feature a mix of houses and cottage conversions.
Vanessa added: “There is a real demand for high quality homes in Kimberley, situated close to the A610 and Junction 26 of the M1 the area has great transport routes to Nottingham, Derby and beyond”.