Founded in 2013, Brixton is one of London’s most successful craft breweries. Just four years on from launch, and with some 15 employees, fans as far afield as Italy and Hong Kong, and investment from Heineken UK, it secured a new, 1,400 sq m site around the corner from its original railway arch brewery.
The move has enabled it to increase brewing capacity from 12,000 pints to 60,000 per week.
Having seen Kemtile’s flooring installations at other breweries — its brewing industry credentials include the likes of Magic Rock Brewing, Meantime, Cloudwater, Greene King, John Smiths, Heineken and AB Inbev UK — Brixton Brewery called upon Kemtile to design and lay a similar system for its new facility.
Kemtile specified the Kagetec BS system, installing 600sq m of 18mm thick Argelith MV Tech ceramic hexagonal floor tiles. Ultrasonically vibrated into position, this innovative technique eliminates air voids underneath and compacts the bedding screed to provide an extremely even, robust, aesthetic and hygienic floor surface.
The company complemented Kagetec BS with Wiedemann-Technik heavy duty, stainless steel drainage gullies and stainless steel kerbs, further strengthening the flooring system as well as proving greater impact resistance.
Jez Galaun, co-founder of Brixton Brewery, said: “Opening a second, larger premises was at the heart of our ambitious expansion plan. We’d outgrown our original brewery and our new site has enabled us to significantly increase our capacity whilst gaining even greater control over the brewing process.
“Needless to say, it was essential that our strategic expansion was undertaken with the support of specialist trusted partners.
“We were impressed by Kemtile’s track record with other UK breweries, so it was an obvious choice when it came to our new flooring and drainage. We’d already visited a number of Kemtile’s very satisfied brewery customers, and we loved what we saw and heard. We wanted the same at our new site to support our future growth and evolution.”
Kemtile’s Richard Kay added: “In recent years we’ve earned ourselves an enviable reputation amongst the nation’s brewers, and I’m very happy to say that we’re increasingly becoming the ‘go-to’ partner when it comes to brewery flooring design and installation.
“We were delighted to support Brixton Brewery at such an exciting time in its strategic expansion.”