Alton Maltings History
The original Alton Maltings building dates from circa 1850 and served the local brewing community that has recently vanished from the town centre. The Maltings building was left unused and unmaintained, leaving it to fall in to a state of disrepair which meant that towards the end of the last century the survival of the building was at great risk.
The leadership of a local church, Alton Evangelical Free Church, was invited to acquire the site to fulfill its desire to serve the community better with a building that would eventually benefit the whole community. In 1995 the site was bought and specialist building consent acquired - specialist because the Maltings remained a grade II listed building because of the beams used. These beams were originally used in the Man of War naval ships of the 17th century!
The design brief to Format Milton Architects was to create a flexible space that would be welcoming, able to support the church with its activities and be a host to the community regardless of the reason that they entered the building.
The result is the fantastic realisation of a dream that took ten years and millions of pounds of funding. Today the Alton Maltings offers the only local venue that can cater for performances with 400 seats, conferences for 250 delegates with onsite catering and enough space to house a children's bouncy castle party indoors.
You might think that this is the end of the story. It is not! While the church has done an amazing job to restore a historically relevant feature of the local community, there remains a section of the building that is still in need of renovation. The 'North End', partitioned off from daily use, sits untouched, with original features waiting to be brought back to life. The community that uses the building is working to realise the dream of completing the transformation of a building that when purchased lay under dirt, rubble and the remnants of years of neglect.
The Alton Maltings Centre Community Interest Company is working to help realise that dream by providing serviced facilities for use by the community, local and national businesses and the public sector. Find out about the types of events held at the Alton Maltings.