Image for Coopers Brewery’s new malting plant a winner for Ahrens

A restricted site footprint and extensive galvanizing requirements made Coopers Brewery’s malting facility in SA a complex challenge that was successfully accomplished by Ahrens Group with support from Liberty Metalcentre.

Coopers Brewery’s malting facility at Regency Park in Adelaide, constructed by Ahrens Group, has been awarded winner of the Australian Steel Institute’s (ASI) Steel Clad Structures award in the 2018 Steel Excellence Awards for South Australia.

The $65 million in-house maltings production plant is a purpose-built development at the brewer’s existing facility. The 13,000sqm plant includes six barley and six malt silos, each measuring 25m high and 8m in diameter and capable of holding 500 tonnes of barley or malt. At full capacity, the new plant is capable of producing 54,000 tonnes of malt a year.

The silos were constructed with 340 tonnes of hot-dipped galvanized steel which was considered to the most suitable for installation and for the life of the asset.

Liberty Metalcentre worked hard to demonstrate its capability to Ahrens Group, initially winning constituent packages before winning a total integrated supply solution. That integrated solution included nesting of steel materials for processing and managing the steel offcuts, as well as providing material test certification for all products.

Coopers Brewery Managing Director Dr Tim Cooper said Ahrens Group has built a facility that is arguably the most technically advanced in the world. Construction of the facility represents the company’s largest single investment in its 155-year history.

Liberty Steel congratulates all the winners of this year’s ASI SA 2018 Steel Awards.

Read more about this award-winning project in this article from the ASI’s Steel Australia magazine.