Local practice Studio B designed the taproom – Wiper and True’s second in the city – carving two new openings into the building to ensure it is flooded with natural light. The studio installed an 18-metre-long glass wall framed by mint green steel to separate the brewing equipment from the seating area.
Giant tile-covered planters punctuate the space, meaning greenery spills over onto tables and tops the bar, creating what brewery marketing manager Alice Howells describes as a ‘sheltered, green oasis’. Wood and steel furniture, painted brick walls and filament light bulbs contribute to the brewery’s industrial but biophilic atmosphere. Studio B used locally made goods and materials where possible, sourcing much of the interior elements from supplies within a 30-mile radius.
The brief was for the taproom to be welcoming to all, with the brewery including a dropped-height bar for wheelchair access, low-height tables, moveable furniture, and accessible toilets. Signage is printed in braille, and large print drinks menus are also available.