Samuel Smith Old Brewery
Samuel Smith Brewery
The Widow Cullen's Well public house project was a high class restoration of a Grade II listed 16th century building. We used traditional materials and applied modern structural underpinning techniques.
The need for a watertight reinforced concrete basement, situated below the foundation level of adjacent structures was a real challenge, especially as access to the site was cramped and difficult. Furthermore the site was subject to close scrutiny on heritage and archaeological grounds.
We replaced the 1970's extension with a modern four storey structure, which incorporates basement toilet facilities, a ground floor kitchen, a first floor beer 'cellar' and a 'feature' plant room on the third floor. We used traditional locally sourced stone to complement a modern glass and stainless steel atrium which joins the two parts of the building with a striking effect.
Part of the site was subjected to a six week long 'layered dig' archaeological investigation. It resulted in the exposure of a Roman road. A team of Welsh miners excavated an existing 9m deep in-filled well over a sixteen week period. The well, capped by a magnificent glass top, is now a prominent feature of the pub and attracts interest from many visitors. Another memorable feature of the project was the underpinning and replacement works to the gable wall, which is situated just above the well. A specially designed lighting scheme emphasizes the depth of the well and enhances the gable wall features.