Ardgowan Distillery unveils £12m plans for Inverclyde facility



Ardgowan Distillery has revealed ambitious designs for a new £12 million distillery which is being built on the Ardgowan Estate near Inverkip.

The plans showcase the flagship building which has just secured revised planning consent from Inverclyde Council.

The striking new design, by Michael Laird Architects, brings a number of improvements on the original proposal (which was granted full planning consent in March last year) and will sit alongside the distillery’s visitor centre which will be housed in existing buildings on the Bankfoot site.

Distillery chief executive Martin McAdam said: “This is a state-of-the-art, modern distillery which not only looks fantastic, but will reduce our environmental impact wherever possible.

“Our architects have worked closely with civil engineers Blyth & Blyth and process designers Briggs of Burton to create a striking distillery which fits well in the landscape and uses heat recovery and closed loop cooling to reduce energy use and water consumption, whilst the extensive use of glass means visitors will get a clear view of the bright airy interior.”

The first phase of the distillery incorporates two copper stills and six timber-clad washbacks, with a planned output of 1 million litres per annum. Future output can be doubled via the addition of two further stills plus washbacks in an already-approved second phase.

McAdam says the stills will be supplied by a Scottish firm and that building contract discussions are underway. It is also understood that the company is in advanced discussions with a keystone investor.



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