Bath Ales, the West Country brewer and pub operator, is planning a multi million pound investment to double brewing volumes in the next two years and increase them four-fold by 2016. The company, which runs seven pubs, is to open a site less than a mile from its existing premises in Warmley, near Bristol. The 38,000 sq ft site will be more than four times the size of its present site in Caxton Business Park. Bath Ales is to employ a further six people as part of the expansion, which could take up to 18 months to be completed, according to managing director Roger Jones. “We are delighted with where we are now and we have the brewery working a treat, however, our success means that we need a bigger site to give us the scale to develop,” said Jones. “Doing it this way means no disruption to our customers. It also enables us to configure a new operation that delivers greater efficiency and means we can integrate more environmental features like renewable energy.” Total investment has not been revealed but Jones said investment in brewing equipment alone will be nearly £1m.