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Sake brewery and visitor’s centre, Fordham, Cambridgeshire

The Hashimoto family are bringing their Dojima Sake Brewery, founded 600 years ago in Osaka, to Fordham Abbey to create Dojima Sake Brewery UK and introduce this cultural drink to the UK.

The client brief for the site as a whole is for a series of projects at different scales which will gradually and sensitively transform and conserve the estate so that it can be experienced by visitors.

Incremental development will allow each of the heritage assets, which have been neglected in recent years, to be restored carefully and rejuvenated to have a new purpose and ensure their safeguarding and future.

The new-build Sake Brewery and Visitor Centre will be the pilot project in this master plan providing an early focal point. It will be the first Sake brewery in the UK, introducing the traditional artisan Sake brewing craft and will be the flagship for the family’s dream to introduce appreciation of Sake widely in the UK.

Being the first development in the masterplan, this stand-alone new building will allow the delicate Sake brewing process to begin early and become quickly established as a working concern to support and influence further restoration of the wider site. In the meantime, the visitor centre will be fitted out and supporting amenities provided to welcome visitors to experience the fully functioning operation.

Service: Architects with Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects

Location: Fordham, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire

Client: Dojima Sake Brewery UK & Co.

Areas: 825 m2

Dates: 2015 –


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