Beca completes successful delivery of Lion’s West End Brewery Upgrade

Beca has reached a major milestone with one of our key Lion projects with the finalisation of $26M of works at Lion's West End Brewery in Adelaide.

The project scope was to replace the existing West End brew house which produced 150,000L of wort (pre-fermented beer) every 6 hours with a new plant that produced 50,000L every 2 hours. This allowed for the same total output, but achieved greater flexibility as more brands can be produced every day. Work was also carried out to move production from a manual process to a fully automated operation, where the role of operators and brewers is to sample and programme the recipes for the week.

The successful delivery of this project on time and on budget was underpinned by the strong collaboration between Lion and Beca.

"I was particularly impressed with Beca's ability to support the Hyde Park project with experienced senior project management and process engineering resources in the unique and complex field of brewing," said John Kearvell, Lion's Group Capital Works Manager.

Beca contributed in the following areas:

  • Developing the master planning for the overall Hyde Park project (the West End Brewery Upgrade and the Boags Brewery Upgrade were part of this)
  • Sourcing $9.8M in government funding for Green House Gas reductions to support funding for the project
  • Delivery of the feasibility study and concept design for the refrigeration work package
  • Concept design for the new malt handling project
  • Undertaking safety auditing of the project
  • Project managing the Brew house work package.


"We're delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Lion on another multi-disciplinary project and achieve a successful outcome. This marks the completion of the Hyde Park Project - a major change initiative impacting multiple sites and spanning several years from conception to completion," said Derek Schaefer, Beca's Client Relationship Manager for Lion in Australia.

Along with delivering ahead of time and on budget, the project was completed with an exceptional health and safety result; its last 550 days free of any lost time injuries or medically treated injuries.

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