U+I agrees lease with Brew By Numbers for new brewery and taproom on Greenwich Peninsula

  • Top UK craft brewery to open riverside space in new mixed-use neighbourhood
  • Deal is a significant step forward for the major regeneration scheme, which will create more than 3,000 jobs

Regeneration specialist U+I has agreed a lease with south east London brewery, Brew By Numbers, for a new taproom and brewery at Morden Wharf on Greenwich Peninsula.

The craft beer company will occupy a 6,000 sq ft space in a refurbished warehouse next to the River Thames, as part of the wider regeneration of the industrial site into a new mixed-use neighbourhood.

The deal represents a significant step forward for the regeneration scheme, which was submitted for planning in June 2020 and is due to go to committee in the coming months.

As well as securing Brew By Numbers as a tenant, MDM Props, a creative industries business that makes artworks and props for film, television and theatre is also re-signing its lease to remain on the site. Both tenants are already exploring potential collaborations.

Overall, the development is expected to contribute £42m per year in local economic value and a further £25.2m in social value over the next ten years, primarily through the generation of over 1,000 new permanent jobs on and off site, as well as over 2,000 jobs throughout the development and construction process.

Brew By Numbers currently operates three sites at 79 & 75 Enid Street in Bermondsey and Bellenden Road in Peckham and has released more than 400 beers since its establishment in 2012. Having secured investment through crowdfunding, it is looking to expand its food and retail offer to complement its taproom experience and create an all-day destination at Morden Wharf.

U+I’s site on Greenwich Peninsula also offers Brew By Numbers space to showcase the process of brewing its wide range of beers – including modern IPAs, pale ales, mixed fermentation farmhouse ales, vibrant dark coffee beers & nitro stouts – at the same time educating its audience on the importance of freshness and beer cold storage.

Richard Upton, Chief Executive Officer at U+I, said:

“Brew By Numbers is a perfect tenant for Morden Wharf, enabling us to pay homage to heritage of The Sea Witch pub whilst kickstarting the regeneration of an industrial site that is positively bristling with opportunity. When the taproom opens its doors to the people of Greenwich next year, we hope that it will fast become a favourite among the local community.”

“Brew By Numbers is one of the first of many businesses that will make Morden Wharf their home over the coming years, creating hundreds of jobs that support the local economy and transform this brownfield site into a thriving new neighbourhood.”

Tom Hutchings, Co-founder of Brew By Numbers, said:

“We’ve spent a lot of time looking for the perfect place to deliver our long-term goal of providing one of the best drinking experiences in London. Morden Wharf is a unique site that offers us that opportunity, whilst also reflecting the industrial heritage of our current locations in Bermondsey and Peckham.”

“We are all super excited to use the additional space to expand our range and continue on our commitment to exploratory brewing with investment in new state of the art equipment. The views of the Thames and across south east London are incredible; giving us the perfect backdrop to summer drinking, foodie events and small beer festivals.”

Designed by acclaimed Dutch architecture firm OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), Morden Wharf will be a thriving new urban neighbourhood centred on a new riverside park, with a mix of residential, commercial (including smaller flexible spaces for SMEs and creative businesses), retail and community space supporting around 1,000 new permanent jobs.

The Brew By Numbers taproom and brewery at Morden Wharf will sit on the site of a historic pub, The Sea Witch, that was destroyed during the Second World War. Both will offer fantastic views of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and Canary Wharf across the River Thames, as well as across the new riverside park and beach on the site.

The four-acre landscaped park, which runs along 275m of the River Thames at the heart of the new neighbourhood, will be open to workers, visitors and residents alike and lead directly off the Thames Path. The existing sandy beach will also be uncovered and cleaned to allow controlled access from the path for the first time.

A new public square that will host seasonal events and markets will be laid out where the Thames Path meets Sea Witch Lane, the main boulevard that runs east to west through the scheme. Underground car parking facilities mean the public space will cater almost exclusively to pedestrians and cyclists.

The scheme comprises 12 high quality and tenure blind residential buildings and the approximately 1,500 homes, of which 35% will be affordable, will include a mix of private sale, shared ownership and London Affordable Rent, which in particular will have a focus on family homes.

The plans also include a new permanent boat house on an existing jetty, designed by architects Carmody Groarke. The boathouse could provide a permanent mooring for Gloriana, the Monarch’s Royal Rowbarge, which was expertly crafted to mark Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Morden Wharf is located in the South Western corner of the Greenwich Peninsula around 15 minutes walking distance from North Greenwich Station on the Jubilee Line. Upon completion of the Silvertown Tunnel, Tunnel Avenue – which runs along the Eastern edge of the site – will become two-way, which could allow for a new bus service that runs between Morden Wharf and North Greenwich Station.

U+I submitted its plans for Morden Wharf to the Royal Borough of Greenwich for approval in June 2020 following extensive consultation with the local community and key stakeholders. It is due to go to planning committee in the coming months. Brew By Numbers is expected to open its doors this summer.

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