The transformation of the Eldridge Pope Brewery in Dorchester is nearing completion and only a few houses remain.
Built in 1880, the Victorian building in Brewery Square is one of Dorchester’s most historic and significant landmarks.
It has been restored by Poole-based Juno Developments UK Ltd to house a collection of 29 one-, two- and three-bedroom warehouse apartments spread over seven spacious floors.
The famous Dorchester Brewery was established in the early 19e century by Charles and Sarah Eldridge in The Green Dragon pub and brewery.
In the years that followed, a steady expansion of the business took place, with a focus not only on beer and beer, but also wine and spirits, and the strategic acquisition of a network of public houses. and hotels stretching the entire south coast from Weymouth to Portsmouth.
The brewery changed hands at several points in its long history, most notably to the Pope family in 1871, who took full ownership in 1874.
The popes are responsible for commissioning influential architect WR Crickmay to design the impressive red-brick building that still stands proudly today.
Following the purchase of land from the Duchy of Cornwall, the Popes set out to create a new brewery on a much larger footprint with direct access to the railway.
The expansion of their empire, now over 97 fully owned outlets, continued throughout the 20e century, sensing the growing trend of “take away” commerce.
Helen Asteris of Savills, pictured left, said: ‘The brewery is a meticulously refurbished piece of history that has been brought back to life after being in ruins for many years.
“It is a fine example of the particularity of the conversion of a period building and a real heritage success for the city.
“The building has been converted to perfectly suit modern living while retaining many of the unique architectural features of the original building.
“Each house has its own layout and personal characteristics, which makes them one of a kind.
“The apartments have been incredibly popular and we expect continued great interest in the few others.”
The launch of the final phase, with the opening of a show house, should take place on Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3.
The fully furnished show house is also available for purchase.
Prices start at £425,000 and the assisted removal scheme is available on the development.
Gallery – The Brewery, Dorchester