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Crate Brewery outline plans to raise £500,000 for major revamp of The White Building

PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 February 2019 | UPDATED: 13:04 20 February 2019

Crate Brewery hope to aim £500k as they completely refurb The White Building in Hackney Wick. Picture: Crate Brewery

Crate Brewery hope to aim £500k as they completely refurb The White Building in Hackney Wick. Picture: Crate Brewery

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Crate Brewery is about to launch an ambitious crowd-funding campaign as they plan a major refurbishment of their canal-side home in Hackney Wick.

Siblings Tom and Jess Seaton (left and middle) are directors of Crate alongside Neil Hinchley.Siblings Tom and Jess Seaton (left and middle) are directors of Crate alongside Neil Hinchley.

Home of limited edition beers and stone-baked pizzas since 2012, the Crate owners want to raise £500,000 as they look to take The White Building to the next level.

The campaign goes live on Thursday, February 28, with funds raised going towards the build of a new experimental brewery, an affordable workspace, an extended ground-floor bar and, most exciting of all, the opening of a new zero-waste restaurant.

“We plan to use the money to carry out major changes to The White Building,” explains director Tom Seaton, “which include partnering with award-winning chef Douglas McMaster to bring his celebrated Brighton restaurant, Silo, to London.”

He continues to say: “We managed to secure the lease for the building for 20 years in February 2018, and have been working on the designs and getting planning permission ever since!

Crate Brewery serve hard-to-find beers and pizzas beside the River Lea. Picture: Crate BreweryCrate Brewery serve hard-to-find beers and pizzas beside the River Lea. Picture: Crate Brewery

“It really all fell in to place when we met Douglas. He is the perfect partner to help us build a new amazing chapter and give the upstairs space a unique identity.”

Perched on the edge of the River Lea, Crate is a hit with crowds searching for some interesting brews by the water. The brand has its own range of drinks developed in their experimental brewhouse, with guest bottles and wines also on the menu.

The restaurant/bar also has a choice of eight pizzas priced between £9 and £13.

“On the ground floor, there will be an installation of a state-of-the-art pilot brewery, bringing more focus to small batches and unique beers available in the taproom,” adds Seaton.

“Outside, an amphitheatre-style seating area will be created, overlooking the canal which is such a focal point of the site.

“Then, upstairs, we will develop a new restaurant space with Silo. It’s a really exciting time for them, having been recently shortlisted for the World Restaurant Awards 2019.

“As well as Silo, Douglas will work with us to ensure that sustainability thrives throughout all areas of The White Building, including hosted workshops by Douglas in the new work space next door to the restaurant.”

The Crate team hope to have the first stages of the new building open by July, right in time for the peak of the summer. The workspace will also host a range of activities and talks on themes consistent with Crate’s passions: food, beer, art and culture.

“We could never have opened CRATE in 2012 without the help and support of Hackney Wick’s community back then, so to be able to create a new opportunity for the same community to be part of Crate and The White Building’s new chapter was really important for us.”

Crate Brewery’s fundraising campaign goes live on February 28. For more details, visit their website. More on Silo can be found here.

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