• Hepworth Brewery, in Pulborough, has undergone an expansion which includes a 4,500 sqft warehouse.
• The £350,000 extension was formally opened by Arundel and South Downs MP, Andrew Griffith, in Pulborough on Friday (31st July) who praised the company for its environmentally caring production values.
• The expansion means the brewery has more space to double the amount of solar panels on site and cut the amount of incoming transport required.
Hepworth is pleased to announce the extension of its brewery in West Sussex. The extension has been an ongoing project since 2019, and despite a number of delays due to the pandemic, it is now completed. It was led by local project leaders at Land Build and Hepworth’s very own architect, Philip Barnes, who delivered the project on time and to budget.
The extension includes a new warehouse which provides space to increase storage capacity to over 1,000 pallets and enable the expansion of the company’s operations.
In addition, Hepworth has installed mobile racking within the warehouse which not only optimises the space, but also it will enable Hepworth to take in larger deliveries of its main ingredient, Sussex grown malt, and other materials hence cutting the incoming transport required.
The expansion has also led to extra space on the roof which will enable its doubling of solar PV panels next year, which in turn means that as Hepworth expands it will reduce its carbon footprint. Hepworth & Company is leading the way when it comes to sustainability in brewing, with its site in the heart of West Sussex being the proud pioneer of a beer sourced heat pump.
Andy Hepworth said, “It is a moment of great pride to open the new warehouse, which we first thought about two years ago. The companies and the people involved in the build are all local. We are grateful to have our supportive MP Andrew Griffith cut the ribbon. The net-zero emissions for business is an initiative close to our hearts.”
The next stage of the brewery’s project is to produce enough energy from the brewery waste to power the site and progress their journey to net-zero emissions.
MP Andrew Griffith said “Hepworth’s are leading the way to show how lower carbon beer can be produced. Andy is passionate about carbon-reduced production through innovation – from locally-sourcing the hops and barley, using solar power, and running the world’s first beer-source heat pump. I congratulate everyone involved in delivering this project.”