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Waterfront Brewery Planned For The Peninsula

Story: Aleasha Bliss
Sep 24, 2020
Waterfront Brewery Planned for the Peninsula
A proposed transformation to Waters Edge Functions Venue in Scarborough promises to deliver a new experience for patrons to enjoy a beverage and meal while taking in the views of the marina. The brewery is a part of a masterplan to upgrade key locations on the Peninsula.

Developer and Waters Edge owner Jamie Larson said the application to council was for a brewery downstairs that will hold 180 people and they will continue the function area on the top floor.

Mr Larson said that microbreweries have become incredibly popular over the last 10 to 15 years and the sunset views from the Harbour to Glasshouse Mountains is the perfect place to enjoy a craft beer that has been brewed in Scarborough.

“We will serve food and beverage on both levels and be respectful of the neighbours - any live music in the future will likely be unamplified soloists,” he said. “The focus will be on the quality of the beers and the range of beers will have on offer on site, with food that will match the ambience and style of the beverages we will be offering.”

Open Architecture Studio director Michael Bailey said they were approached to design the brewery because of their involvement with the Moreton Maritime Strategic Plan, which is proposing upgrades to the key locations across the bay.

“This proposal ties in with the idea that Scarborough can be a fantastic, active and working harbour, and that it will become a part of the community and an asset for everyone – not just a place to store boats,” Mr Bailey said. “We are really excited that this will really activate the harbour and pull people in.”

Mr Bailey said the renovation will completely transform the existing building. Using a combination of Cort-ten steel and polycarbonate, the venue will have a fantastic glow at night – much like a lighthouse. A new façade will wrap around the building like a wave and will create new seating and dining area, with a complete interior refurbishment showcasing a copper pizza oven and steel brewing tanks.

Planvista town planner Robert Stonadge said the timeframe for the council to make a decision will likely take 12 to 14 weeks and once they have given consent, several more months before construction can begin.

“We are focussing on our local community,” Mr Larson said. “But Redcliffe is such a fantastic destination for both Brisbanites and the greater South East Queensland community we are also targeting the day-trippers that are looking for a great day out on the Peninsula.”
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