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Client Robert Cain Brewery Ltd
Turley office Manchester
Status Planning permission granted and listed building consent
LPA Liverpool City Council

Creating Cains Brewery Village

Our role

  • Current and future market trends mean that Cains, an iconic Liverpool business and brand since 1850, needed to adapt its business model in order to safeguard the brand and business for the long term.
  • Cains’ vision was to create a ‘Brewery Village’ with a mix of uses including residential, retail, cinema, hotel and gym.
  • As the application involved conversion of a Grade II listed building and development within its setting, a detailed Heritage Assessment and negotiation with Historic England was needed.
  • The application also necessitated consideration of commercial viability and demonstration that the retail component was needed to underpin the viable re-use of the listed building complex.


  • A comprehensive review of alternative sites throughout the city was completed, together with detailed justification being provided for the various elements proposed.
  • Our Heritage team advised on the heritage significance of the building, identifying areas of sensitivity and opportunities for change.
  • Despite initial concern from the local planning authority on the suitability of the uses proposed in this location, we were successful in demonstrating that the scheme accords with planning policy and planning permission and subsequently listed building consent was granted.


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