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Old January 13th, 2012, 03:17 AM   #1
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DUBLIN | St. James's Gate Brewery development

Some good news on the construction front.

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12 Jan 2012

Diageo announces brewing investment plans in Ireland

Diageo is today announcing its decision to make a capital investment of €153 million in a brewing centre of excellence at St James’s Gate, Dublin. This announcement follows a major review looking at how Diageo can best ensure the long term sustainability of its brewing operations in Ireland.

This announcement will result in a rejuvenation of the historic St. James’s Gate Brewery backed by a €153 million investment. This will result in the creation of 300 construction jobs during the period of the new brewhouse construction which will get underway, subject to planning permission, in the first half of this year.

The plans for implementation at St James’s Gate over the next 2 years will be an important part of securing the long term competitiveness of Diageo’s beer business and by concentrating all brewing activity on the St James’s Gate site will underpin the company’s commitment to Ireland. The development at St James’s Gate will also provide significant employment during its construction phase.

David Gosnell, President, Diageo Global Supply; “The decision to consolidate to the St James’ Gate site is fundamental to delivering the competitiveness necessary for the long term sustainability of our brewing in Ireland. This is a significant investment and an expression of confidence by Diageo in our Irish operations.”

Welcoming the announcement, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD; "This announcement represents a huge vote of confidence in the Irish economy by a world-leading company, creates very welcome construction jobs, and secures Diageo's brewing operations in Ireland for decades. High-tech manufacturing must be at the centre of our jobs recovery, and today's news that the next generation of Diageo's activities will take place at a brewing centre of excellence in Guinness's historic home in Dublin demonstrates what is possible.

"Every pint of Guinness sold throughout Europe and the United States is currently brewed in Dublin. Many of its other successful products are also created here, and today's announcement could pave the way for even greater things for St James's Gate. With this month's Action Plan for Jobs I am determined to ensure that high-growth Irish and international companies have the necessary supports to create the jobs and growth we so badly need.”

The scope of the proposed brewery development includes (subject to planning permission):

- A new brewhouse facility on the Northlands of St James’s Gate (Victoria Quay)
- The new brewhouse volume will have a capacity of approximately 7m Hectolitres.
- A new grain intake building and associated silos
- An extension of the existing Fermentation Plant to the southwest of the new brewery
- Extension to utilities generation and distribution

In 2008 the centralisation of all Diageo brewing activities at one site was announced, including the ceasing of brewing activities at Kilkenny and Dundalk by the end of 2012. These sites are now scheduled for closure in July 2013 (Dundalk) and December 2013 (Kilkenny) subject to planning and construction timelines at St James’s Gate.

St James's Gate Brewing investment: an artist's impression

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Diageo plans €153m brewhouse at St James's Gate

CIARÁN HANCOCK, Business Affairs Correspondent

Fri, Jan 13, 2012


An artist's impression of the new €153 million brewhouse planned at the site of the St James's Gate brewery in Dublin.

DRINKS GIANT Diageo plans to invest €153 million to build a new brewhouse at its famous St James’s Gate brewery in Dublin.

However, its breweries in Kilkenny and Dundalk are to close next year with the loss of up to 99 jobs.

In Dublin, the company is to seek planning permission for a new brewhouse on the northside of its St James’s Gate campus, which runs from James Street to Victoria Quay close to Heuston train station.

This will result in the creation of about 300 jobs during the construction phase, which could take up to two years to complete.

It would increase the capacity of the St James’s Gate brewery to about seven million hectolitres from its current level of five million.

This investment would result in all beers made by Diageo in Ireland being brewed at St James’s Gate, thereby securing its long-term future.

The Kilkenny brewery, which is more than 300 years old, currently produces Budweiser and Smithwick’s, while Dundalk is responsible for Harp, Carlsberg and Smithwick’s.

The Dundalk brewery is due to close in July next year, while Kilkenny is expected to shut in December of that year. Employment at both sites has been scaled back in recent years with Kilkenny currently employing 44 and Dundalk 55. A spokeswoman for Diageo said there would be a “limited amount of opportunities for redeployment” to St James’s Gate.

Staff were said to be “shocked” by yesterday’s announcement.

Willie Quigley, an official with the Unite trade union in Dundalk, said the mood among its members there was sombre.

“Redeployment will be on the agenda and if it can happen it will be welcomed but the indications aren’t great,” he said.

The company had signalled its intention to close the Kilkenny and Dundalk breweries in 2008 as part of an ambitious €650 million plan to overhaul its brewing here. They were originally scheduled to shut this year.

That plan involved the construction of a super brewery in Leixlip, Co Kildare, on lands owned by the Guinness family and a slimming down of its activities at St James’s Gate. The economic crash in late 2008 resulted in Diageo shelving that plan as consumption fell sharply. It now appears to have abandoned the idea of building a new brewery in Leixlip.

Diageo expects to begin work on the brewhouse in Dublin in the second half of this year, subject to planning permission. When completed, the existing brewhouse, which is about 40 years old, will be decommissioned.

This will be Diageo’s second-biggest global investment in brewing or distilling facilities. The St James’s Gate brewery currently produces Guinness primarily for the Irish, British and US markets.

David Gosnell, president of Diageo’s global supply, said the investment was a “significant expression of confidence” by the company in its Irish operation.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said the investment represented a “huge vote of confidence in the Irish economy” by Diageo.

© 2012 The Irish Times
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Diageo to invest €153m at St James's Gate
Updated: 22:27, Thursday, 12 January 2012

Diageo has announced it is to invest €153m in a "brewing centre of excellence" at the Guinness brewery at St James's Gate in Dublin.

However its breweries in Kilkenny and Dundalk, which employ around 100 workers, will close next year.

The company announced its plans to centralise operations in Dublin in 2008 - today it confirmed that the Louth facility would close in July 2013 and the Kilkenny brewery in December 2013.

Today's announcement follows a review of how Diageo "can best ensure the long term sustainability" of its brewing operations in Ireland.

In a statement, Diageo said the move will provide 300 jobs during the period of the new brewhouse construction.

Construction is due to get under way in the first half of this year, subject to planning permission.

"This announcement represents a huge vote of confidence in the Irish economy by a world-leading company, creates very welcome construction jobs, and secures Diageo's brewing operations in Ireland for decades," said Minister Richard Bruton this afternoon.

"Every pint of Guinness sold throughout Europe and the United States is currently brewed in Dublin ... and today's announcement could pave the way for even greater things for St James's Gate."

Story from RTÉ News:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0112/diageo.html
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Guess no value in them selling up and moving production out of town (to somewhere like Drogheda) now that the site won't be worth a fraction of what it was 5 years ago.
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It's a shame they didn't sell up and move. Would have transformed that rundown area of the city. It's an embrassement to the city having tourists walk round boarded up shops/buildings to get to one of Ireland most popular tourists attractions.
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Agreed Plank. Alot more could be done with that area. There are many sites which have some potential to be developed (long term) and many historic listed buildings which could be restored. With the "digital hub" now fallen by the wayside we need a new plan for that area.

I would disagree on the need to move because its a unique selling point to have a working brewry on such a scale in the middle of a city. However, I do think there is potential to develop the quayside frontage beyond Heuston and overlooking Collins barracks. A major Transport node along with high volume tourist attractions make this part of the site eminently viable for development. Afterall, it is unsitely to have a blank wall running for hundreds of meters of quayside fronting nothing but a yard for parking trucks! Unfortunately, this seems to be where the brewhouse will be located, which is a shame because the could build to a more urban scale at this location and site the brewhouse elsewhere on their vast site!

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Some news on this...

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Appeal against €153m Guinness expansion plan

OLIVIA KELLY

Mon, Mar 19, 2012

PLANS FOR the €153 million expansion of the Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate in Dublin have been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Drinks company Diageo was last month granted permission by Dublin City Council for the development to build a new brewhouse within the 55-acre campus that runs from James’s Street to Victoria Quay, close to Heuston train station. The expansion would increase the capacity of the St James’s Gate brewery to more than eight million hectolitres from its current level of five million.

The appeal to the planning board has been made by one of the brewery’s neighbours Noel Leonard, who owns the 19th century pub of the same name at the corner of Watling Street and Victoria Quay.

Mr Leonard, who lives above the pub had previously lodged an objection with the city council in relation to the plans which locate a waste water treatment plant at the back of his property.

In a letter to the council, Mr Leonard’s representatives said the location of the plant, with associated storage tanks up to nine metres in height, was inappropriate in such close proximity to residential property.

Mr Leonard broadly welcomed the development of the brewery because of the jobs and tourism it would bring to the area, but asked that another location on the site be found for the placing of the waste water works.

In the conditions attached to the granting of permission, the council directed that extra screening be provided around the plant and that it would be fully enclosed to minimise noise.

It also ordered that reductions in the roof height of the plant be agreed with the council before construction started.

© 2012 The Irish Times
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