Diageo planned to build the first major distillery in Scotland for 30 years and most environmentally friendly, significantly cutting the traditional distillery carbon footprint through innovation. The aim was a BREEAM Excellent-rated building designed and built within a challenging timeframe. Given clearance in February 2007, the deadline for completion was January 2009.
We worked closely with engineers AECOM to accommodate evolving designs whilst maintaining continuous construction on-site. The building is a modern interpretation of the traditional still house, and maximises natural ventilation and daylight.
It is four storeys high, the mass broken up by expressing the
three key elements of the distillation process externally: the timber-clad barrel envelope with its full-height glazed gable houses the 14 stills, the central accommodation block contains the two big mash tuns, and the industrial profiled metal clad tun room holds the 14 fermentation tanks.
The £40m, 3,000 m2 site opened on time, and achieved its Excellent BREEAM rating. It is a landmark building for both Diageo and the whisky industry on the international stage, and an important site for Diageo to engage its customers and other stakeholders complete with a conference room whose frosted glass turns transparent at the flick of a switch, revealing panoramic views of the stills.
The result is a distillery that fulfils in its potential as a heroic, even a sublime, building type
The Architect’s Journal
CLIENT: DIAGEO DISTILLING LTD
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: INDUSTRY + INFRASTRUCTURE
LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH: LORD
COST CONSULTANT: SUMMERS INMAN
2010 SCOTTISH DESIGN AWARD
RICS SCOTLAND AWARD: SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR
RICS SCOTLAND AWARD: OVERALL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
SCOTTISH CIVIC TRUST COMMENDATION
2013 BUSINESSGREEN LEADERS AWARD: RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT OF THE YEAR