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Whisky production returns to Leith with 40m vertical distillery

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October 2 2017

Whisky production returns to Leith with 40m vertical distillery
Threesixty Architecture and Muckle Brig have submitted plans for a purpose-built single malt distillery at Port of Leith, Edinburgh, next door to the Ocean Terminal shopping centre and Royal Yacht Britannia.

Intended to convey an exciting and modern image for the Scotch whisky industry through conception of a vertical production process capable of producing 400,000 litres of pure alcohol by using the adjacent harbour as a heat sink, significantly reducing the volume of water required in the production process.

In a statement the architects wrote: “The vertical, gravity-led design provides an opportunity for visitors to experience a distillery like never before, getting as close to the production process as possible as they follow the liquid from the mash tun in the centre of the building, down through the ‘brewery’, to the stills on the ground floor. Afterwards, from the rooftop bar and restaurant, they will be able to enjoy a unique view across the Firth of Forth to Fife, overlook the busy port of Leith, and even see across to the new Queensferry Crossing to the west."

With 28,000sq/ft of floor space the distillery will place equal emphasis on the visitor experience as the distillation process itself, telling he story of the rise and fall (and rise again) of whisky production in the port.
It is hoped the business will serve as a catalyst for tourism in the area
It is hoped the business will serve as a catalyst for tourism in the area
The distillery will act as a beacon for cruiseships entering the harbour
The distillery will act as a beacon for cruiseships entering the harbour

3 Comments

M is for Mungo
#1 Posted by M is for Mungo on 2 Oct 2017 at 12:22 PM
Looks interesting as a concept but the fine detail of grain deliveries and effluent disposal will need to be worked through before this scheme will stack up...sorry...
basho
#2 Posted by basho on 2 Oct 2017 at 13:30 PM
Refreshing bit of design, in an area that could with some. Hope this gets planning.
boaby wan
#3 Posted by boaby wan on 2 Oct 2017 at 14:13 PM
interesting concept, lots of technical challenges to overcome with stacking the process - looking forward to a visit

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