Brewers' Hall Reopens!
01 June 2022
On Tuesday 31 May the Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Vincent Keaveny, officially reopened Brewers’ Hall following an extensive redevelopment project.
The Master, Wardens and Liverymen of the Brewers’ Company were joined by many of the people who had contributed to the redevelopment works at a celebration to mark the formal reopening of the building which is the Brewers’ Company’s home in the City of London.
The earliest reference to the first Brewers’ Hall, which stood on the same site, occurs in the records of the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral in 1403. This Hall was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666; the second Hall, which replaced the first, was finished in 1673 and was destroyed in an enemy air raid on the night of 29 December 1940 during the Blitz; the third Hall was completed in 1960 and officially opened by the Bishop of London on 13 October of that year.
Recognising that the third Hall was in need of major renovation works, in 2015 the Court of the Brewers’ Company decided to take the opportunity to maximise the potential of one of the Company’s greatest assets and embarked on a project to redevelop Brewers’ Hall. The works carried out included:
- Replacement of existing 3rd floor mansard with a new, full size floor
- Addition of a new 2-storey mansard roof extension
- Creation of four floors of clearly defined, Cat A lettable office space
- Installation of two new lifts (Brewers’ lift and office lift)
- Relocation and improvement of the Master’s accommodation
- Creation of improved archive storage space
- Addition of a new, accessible entrance for lettable office space from Aldermanbury Square
- New services and improved layouts throughout
Last night’s event marks the completion of a project, years in the making, which will change the future of the Brewers’ Company forever. The Master, Richard Fuller, said:
“We are delighted with our beautiful new building, with its first rate offices for our staff and wonderful new spaces for our Liverymen to meet and work in the heart of the City. Most importantly, the top quality lettable offices spaces of 14 Aldermanbury Square will secure the financial future of the Brewers’ Company in the long term, releasing us from reliance on income from our members and allowing us to focus on our key aims of promoting interaction between brewery companies, for the benefit of the industry and our members alike, and supporting our beneficiaries through our charitable foundations.”
The Brewers’ Company is extremely grateful to the many people who contributed to the success of the project by providing their time, expertise and support over the years.