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Southampton's Wool House could become bars and restaurant space
THIS is what the interior of one of Southampton’s most historic buildings could soon look like.
Bold plans to convert the Wool House in Town Quay into the city’s first brew house with bars and a restaurant have been submitted.
And if bosses at the Dancing Man Brewery, which owns the nearby Platform Tavern, are successful with their plans it could also feature the city’s first dedicated tourist information centre for two years.
As previously reported in the Daily Echo, the Grade I listed building in Town Quay was built in the 14th century.
It used to be the home of the city’s Maritime Museum but that closed due to city council budget cuts in 2012.
The brewery has reached an agreement with the city council after negotiations with the authority and community groups about its plans for the building.
If the firm’s application is successful the building will feature a working brewery, two bars and a restaurant for up to 50 diners in an open plan design, and could host weddings, gigs and exhibitions.
The ground floor would feature a tourist information centre with a glass sided lift allowing visitors to access the upper floor, and up to 30 new jobs could be created through the scheme.
Mandy Lacey-Cross from the brewery said: “We hope to breathe life back into this wonderful building and bring the historic art of brewing back to our city by creating Southampton's very first brew house.
“Not only will we have a working brewery but customers will be able to watch our brewers at work and whilst doing so can sample our fine ales and pair this with something from one of our menus.”
Stewart Cross with wife Mandy Lacey-Cross and Charlie the dog
And Stewart Cross added: “If we are successful with our application, anyone wishing just to pop in and view the building will be made very welcome.
“If they then wish to sample our wares, have a coffee or just wonder around taking photographs that’s fine by us.”
They say the designs take into account the building’s age and the fact that it is Grade I listed, and would be “totally reversible” should they wish to move out.
The application is due to be decided by the city council’s planning panel in the next two months.
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