Monday, 19 July 2010



Hall & Woodhouse, the leading regional brewer of premium bottled ales based in Dorset, has awarded the contract for the building of its new brewery plant to British engineering company, Musk Engineering which is based in Burton on Trent, the Midlands town renowned throughout the world for its brewing heritage.

The new 110,000 hectolitre brewhouse is part of Hall & Woodhouse’s £5 million new brewery development programme, creating a new 21st century brewery on its existing Blandford St Mary site.

“We went out to tender to seven global brewhouse fabrication companies,” explains Head Brewer Toby Heasman “and shortlisted to three on a combination of quality of fabrication and competitiveness. I’m delighted that the British bid from Musk was the strongest of all three of the international bids shortlisted, providing the highest quality and most competitive tender. In fact, appointing Musk is rather like rewriting history. The Musk management team, from Managing Director Keith Booth, to brewhouse specialist Roy Wilkinson, were all trained at Robert Morton and Briggs. Robert Morton was instrumental in the build of Hall & Woodhouse’s last brewery in 1899.

“Musk also demonstrated that it had the flexibility within its team to design a brewhouse that exactly meets Hall & Woodhouse’s requirements. For example, Musk is using a higher grade of stainless steel and a specialised design for the copper and whirlpool operation. Also Musk is a large fabrication company with extensive knowledge and expertise outside the brewing industry and it brings a broad and varied expertise to the project. Musk is able to move existing fermentation vessels as well as the installation of pipe work and utilities, so it will act as the principle contractor for the whole plant working alongside Dorset Grain Services which we have appointed for grain handling.”

Commenting on Musk’s appointment Mark Woodhouse, Chairman of Hall & Woodhouse said “We are incredibly pleased to appoint Musk Engineering as our plant contractor. As a brewery we are very proud of our heritage and are therefore delighted that we have been able to appoint a British company to help us secure our long term future in brewing – it’s not every day that we decide to commission a new brewery – in fact our last brewery was commissioned over 100 years ago, and the decisions we are making today are on behalf of future Woodhouse generations.”

Keith Booth, Chairman and Managing Director of Musk Engineering said “Musk Engineering is proud and privileged to be associated with such a quality family brewer as Hall & Woodhouse. We are very much looking forward to working with Hall & Woodhouse and to producing a professional and quality installation using the latest industry technology to meet the brewer’s requirements. On a personal note, I am looking forward to enjoying the first “Badger” to come from the new brewery!”