Construction work ahead of schedule at Dorchester Brewery scheme

Construction work is ahead of schedule at affordable housing specialist AJC Group’s Dorchester Brewery scheme, which is being delivered in partnership with local housing association Aster Group, providing homes for affordable rent and shared ownership.

In March 2023, the land remediation and groundworks concluded, and construction work started. By November 2024 – when the construction programme is due to end – a total of 228,660 bricks will have been laid. The community-focused brownfield regeneration scheme will deliver 57 new homes, 32 being three-and four-bedroom houses, alongside 25 apartments.

Located off Eldridge Street in the centre of Dorchester, within the newly developed Dorchester Brewery Square complex, the new homes will be within walking distance of a range of amenities.

David Cracklen, director of AJC Group, said: “It’s great to see construction progressing at such a pace at our trailblazing scheme, which is delivering a key milestone for the 20-year transformation of Dorchester town centre. The foundations and blockwork are taking shape, with the first bricks already laid at ground floor level. This historic site, which includes the former Malthouse and Draymasters Brewery on Eldridge Street, will see 57 much-needed homes delivered, with all of them being available for affordable housing through Aster Group.

“The sustainable location of this site will enable future occupiers to benefit from regular services from Dorchester South train station to nearby towns, cities and beyond, encouraging residents to adopt more sustainable forms of transport and be less reliant on cars. There is a desperate need for affordable housing in Dorchester, so it is a privilege to be delivering one of our largest construction projects and the first four-bedroom houses within Brewery Square.”

This is the second live development in Dorset that AJC Group is currently constructing in partnership with Aster Group. The project is in line with AJC Group’s commitment of building 500 affordable homes by 2028 across the South Coast.

Amanda Williams, chief investment officer at Aster, said: “It’s exciting to see AJC making progress on site at Dorchester Brewery and the new much-needed range of affordable homes coming out of the ground. We know having a secure place to call home is key to people’s health and wellbeing. With high demand for affordable homes in the area, we’re delighted to be able to plug some of the gap and we can’t wait to welcome the new occupiers in due course.”

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