Scottish & Newcastle Breweries were once a huge company here in Newcastle that employed thousands of people and they occupied large areas of land around St James Park. For whatever reason the company has slowly pulled out of Newcastle in recent years and the last nail in the coffin, so to speak, was the moving of production and bottling of Newcastle Brown Ale over the river Tyne to the Dunston Federation Brewery. Scottish and Dunston does'nt quite have the same ring to it does it?
S&N sold the land to Newcastle city council in 2004 I think. The deal meant 14.4 acres of the site have now passed from Scottish & Newcastle Breweries to Newcastle City Council, One NorthEast and Newcastle University who have pledged to use Science City status to enhance the region’s growing reputation for pioneering scientific research and as a key location for knowledge based business.
Here is an old article about the closure. S&N to close Newcastle brewery
Here is what remains of the site some 2 years later.
The following 3 photos were not taken by me. Click on any of the pics to be taken to a friends website full of photos recently taken inside the building.
The last remaning part of the breweries to be knocked down was done with a controlled explosion. Here's a few before and after photos and a video of the explosion as well.
The following video of the controlled explosion was video was shot by me.
And this video from the Evening Chronicle features ex-Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson pressing the button to blow the place up.