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November 9 2017

Argyll 'ghost village' makes way for craft distillery
Plans for a craft distillery at Polphail, near Portavadie, are taking shape with plans prepared for a new production plant, visitor centre, cafe and staff accommodation overlooking Loch Fyne.

Portavadie Distillery has been conceived by drinks entrepreneur Alexander (Sandy) Bulloch, developer behind Portavadie Marina, who has spent £300k clearing Polphail Village, including relocation of displaced bats to a purpose-built roost.

Taking a traditional farm steading as a template the visitor attraction the vernacular-style plant will sit under a pitched roof behind white polymer render finished walls and a dark grey brickwork base, topped by a copper pagoda.

In their design statement Darren Baird Architecture wrote: “A small but distinctive pagoda roof, clad in copper and slate, forms an attractive landmark within the context and is a key signifier of the building typology. Inside of the traditionally constructed pagoda will be exposed above the exhibition space and retail shop, allowing visitors a unique perspective by being able to see the inside of these magnificent structures.”

Polphail was built in the 1970’s to service an oil bonanza which never materialized.

4 Comments

donald
#1 Posted by donald on 10 Nov 2017 at 14:27 PM
Sorry, but Polphail Village was far more interesting than this Brigadoon distillery. Bland
RevMonk
#2 Posted by RevMonk on 16 Nov 2017 at 14:23 PM
Aye a half derelict failed housing project was more "interesting" but it was in the middle of nowhere and did nothing for the area. Think the nice rural styled distillery and everything that's going with it will be better for the area. Nice work.
Scott
#3 Posted by Scott on 16 Nov 2017 at 17:50 PM
Take it this oil bonanza put on the back burner because of faslane and the military got to still be there or they wouldn't have built it in the first place?
Walt Disney
#4 Posted by Walt Disney on 17 Nov 2017 at 15:09 PM
Fair play to the developer.He's ploughing a ton of money into the local area and goodness only knows what his payback period is like. Its a leap of faith.

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