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Glenlivet distillery looks to the past with modern ‘pack horse’ bridge

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February 24 2016

Glenlivet distillery looks to the past with modern ‘pack horse’ bridge
Robertson Construction and Norr are to build a triple arch masonry road bridge serving the Glenlivet distillery visitor centre after being appointed by Chivas Brothers.

The traditional Speyside design will include low parapets and is being delivered over a period of 20 weeks with a view to opening by mid-summer and has been inspired by the pack horse bridge used on packaging for the whisky.

Robertson Civil Engineering managing director Tony Fry said: “We are now in the advanced planning stages with the architect and Chivas Brothers and anticipate breaking ground on the 29 February.”

The new bridge is being delivered as part of a wider package of works to enhance production facilities at the distillery.


Big Chantelle
#1 Posted by Big Chantelle on 24 Feb 2016 at 11:41 AM
J'adore this!

None ae that exposed concrete nonsense.

#2 Posted by Dave on 24 Feb 2016 at 12:16 PM
The perceived permanence of stone for a bridge like this is probably reasonable for a client so focussed on slow processes and aging, and I like the idea of having low parapets... but crumbs: those added railings to make up the height for safety are a bit grim!
SMC Archial Ingenial Norr
#3 Posted by SMC Archial Ingenial Norr on 24 Feb 2016 at 12:30 PM
P.s. Archial Norr are no longer a thing.

These guys love a rebrand...
#4 Posted by Hum on 24 Feb 2016 at 12:35 PM
Chantelle: What's wrong with exposed concrete? The Romans did some pretty wonderful things with the stuff...
Big Chantelle
#5 Posted by Big Chantelle on 24 Feb 2016 at 12:50 PM
Tae Hum in post #4

The Romans wernae the architects behind Cumbernauld toon centur.
Bill S
#6 Posted by Bill S on 24 Feb 2016 at 13:52 PM
I'm impressed at this design that apparently "looks to the past with modern ‘pack horse’ bridge. After a cursory glance online, it seems that Ernest Hinchliffe states:

"...a classic packhorse bridge should generally be built before 1800"

In addition, anyone who knows the Glenlivet Distillery, knows that it was founded in 1824. Therefore, what is impressive is that not only does this type of design predate the 19th Century distillery, but someone decided that this design was appropriate. This is contextual appropriation similar to Cumbernauld's town centre - albeit from a different era.
Fitz Hat
#7 Posted by Fitz Hat on 24 Feb 2016 at 15:13 PM
@Bill S
They were building masonry arch bridges long after 1824.
#8 Posted by Clive on 27 Feb 2016 at 04:18 AM
whatever the name, ( and i think this will be around to stay, given the scale and staying power of the current parent company) there is no doubting that Archial / NORR are making their presence felt in the distillery sector.
Dallmunach is a wonderful building.
I , for one, would thoroughly relish the 'research' phase....

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