An historic brewery which became a landmark of the city and served as the headquarters for legendary Manchester brewers Hydes for over 100 years, The Queen’s Brewery sadly closed its doors for the final time in 2012, leaving this beautiful period building to stand empty and abandoned; a stark reminder of Manchester’s industrial past.
Fast-forward a few years and a new generation now occupy the hand bed hoppers and romantic clock tower which marks the former Victorian brewery’s history, as new life has been breathed into the building through a refined conversion which has seen it transformed into high quality residential accommodation.
A conversion project with part new-build, The Queen’s Brewery is comprised of 1, 2 and 3-bed apartments, in addition to private bicycle storage and parking, whilst retaining the unique Victorian architectural features which helped it earn its valued status as a Grade II listed building.
The perfect location for young professionals in the area, The Queen’s Brewery is just two miles from Manchester city centre, with Deansgate’s boutique shops and Oxford Road’s theatres and music venues literally at their fingertips.
One of the most popular cities in the country, Manchester has been named, one of the UK’s top four ‘buy-to-let hotspots’, where investors can claim rental yields of up to 7.6% according to a 2013 HSBC study. With the National Housing Federation predicting that rental rates will grow by 36% by 2018, The Queen’s Brewery is set to be a worthy and historic addition to this city’s booming buy-to-let market.
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However, across the city a new family of brewers were on the rise, the Hydes’ family. The brewers had been open for business since 1863 in breweries across Manchester, but now their eyes were firmly fixed on a new home.
Their dreams were realised in the dying embers of the 19th century when, in 1899, they moved into the The Queen’s Brewery. The arrival of Hydes at their new HQ coincided with what was an exciting period for the city of Manchester.
The industrial revolution had already transformed Manchester into one of the UK’s majorcities and new industries continued to move into the city, including flour milling, biscuits and breakfast cereals. Manchester had also begun to make new strides in education, with the John Rylands library opening in 1900, almost 100 years before the opening of the newly merged University of Manchester.
A wide variety of beers began to be brewed at Queen’s including Hydes’ own cask conditioned ales, as well as household names such as Boddingtons and O’Finnegans, supplying over 50 Hydes owned pubs across the North West.
Hydes became such a prominent brewer that it would soon hold tours on the premises. People would travel from all quarters to walk around the historic site, viewing the casks, barrels and hoppers and ending the tour in the brewery bar. The last barrel was to be rolled out in late 2012 and the building at the centre of Hyde’s history would brew no more.
However, even though the brewery is now being turned into residential apartments, much of its historic prowess will remain. The Queen’s Brewery is a Grade II listed building and beautiful features such as the romantic clock tower will remain in the building. The striking exterior of the building will also remain, making it a stand-out property in the area.
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