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Wye Valley opts for Yorkshire ‘value-for-money’

By: JimOldfield

June 17th, 2012

Yorkshire brewing experts Microdat and Watergate Construction have joined forces once again – to secure a “Yorkshire value-for-money” contract to build a huge new brewery in Herefordshire. The team behind the £4.2m Moorhouse’s brewery upgrade in Lancashire will now build a new fermenting room extension followed by the new 80 BBL brewhouse at the Wye Valley brewery.

The £2m project project includes the building and automation of a new fermenting vessel room, dry goods and semi-automated brewhouse.

microdatThe new plant will feature extensive energy-saving modifications to save Wye Valley thousands of pounds a year in both energy and water.

Microdat has worked with Wye Valley head brewer, Jimmy Swan to create a high-tech 3-D model of the plant – making it possible to see every square inch of the building before the first brick is laid!

Swan said: “Through the design phase of this project Microdat employed their Low Cost Partnership approach to deliver a highly cost effective but technologically advanced solution.

“Our approach was to design the brewing plant and then design the building around it – the most cost effective method but also delivers a highly effective ‘brewing machine’.

“The key to the success of this project will be the partnerships. Microdat and Watergate have successfully delivered a similar project at Moorhouses and we have worked with Microdat for the last seven years.”

The project will begin next month and should be complete within six months.

Based close to the Leeds United football club, Microdat was launched in the late 1980s and is now a specialist in the keg and cask packaging sector of UK brewing.

Based in nearby Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Watergate, began in 1998. The companies have had a close working relationship since 2009.

Microdat founder and managing director Steve Midgley said: ”This plant has been designed to have the lowest running costs possible, to deliver 80 barrels of quality Wye Valley real ales. In addition, the system will also deliver –in true Yorkshire style – a very good value-for-money solution!”.