From a construction and distribution point of view, the easiest solution would probably have been to choose a greenfield or brownfield site outside Cardiff. However, Brains Brewery has been closely connected to Cardiff ever since the brewery was established in the city by Samuel Arthur Brain and his uncle in 1882. The present owners are also related to the founder, and therefore it was a condition that the new brewery would also be placed in the city of Cardiff.
The site that was chosen for the new Dragon Brewery is located near the dock area in Cardiff, and the building was originally an office and warehouse space. Brains wanted the office space for their office staff, their PR and purchasing departments, as well as using it for the operations related to the company’s 200 pubs.
The ground floor space was meant for the brewery itself and its engineers. However, even though the quality of the building was good, it was not designed for beer production, which represented a series of challenges.