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Ian Ritchie reveals mixed-use revival for Maltese brewery

[First look + plans] Ian Ritchie Architects has unveiled plans to regenerate the historic Simonds Farsons Cisk brewery in Malta

The project will see the iconic Old Brewhouse and former Packaging Halls transformed into a new leisure and entertainment hub.

The masterplan for the disused Mriehel industrial district building includes bars, retail, event spaces, restaurants and a brewery visitor experience.

An historic façade will be also retained and around 50,000m² of commercial space and offices will be created for emerging businesses.

Announcing the scheme, Simonds Farsons Cisk chair Louis Farrugia said: ‘We have been working on this vision to find new uses for our iconic buildings for many years. Although it is ambitious, we feel confident that the time is right for a quality development of this magnitude to happen.’

He continued: ‘Our business park will help transform the area and contribute to Malta’s economy by providing quality space that is both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable. We now need to secure all the necessary approvals and funding for this project to become a reality.’

Ian Ritchie added: ‘Farsons have acted as both pioneers and guardians of Malta’s heritage and their significant investment in the architectural and landscape thinking behind this ambitious project should certainly enhance Malta’s burgeoning reputation as a centre for international business.’

The project has been supported by Maltese engineers TBA Periti and sustainability expert Doug King.

Founded in 1928, the brewer produces a range of drinks including Cisk lager and the English-style Farsons Strong Ale.

The Simonds Farsons Cisk board has announced it will now consult with other stakeholders on the small Mediterranean island and engage financial advisers on the best way to fund the project.

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