Islay distillery plays its part in Johnnie Walker tourism drive
October 12 2018
Diageo has provided its first indication of how a new Islay distillery could look after staging a public exhibition of its outline plans to overhaul the visitor experience at Caol Isla ahead of a formal planning application.
Simpson & Brown Architects are steering plans for an upgrade of the existing facility as part of a £150m investment package for each of its Caol Ila, Glenkinchie, Cardhu and Clynelish single malt visitor centres. Together each of these attractions will plug into a wider Johnnie Walker tour of Scotland centred on a global visitor experience in Edinburgh.
These plans will see the current warehouse transformed to include a bar boasting views across the Sound of Islay as well as a new footbridge to provide direct access to a new build visitor centre.
A planning application will be lodged with Argyll & Bute Council before the end of the year with work commencing in 2019 should the submission be successful.
Plus the roof terrace looks like a low rent 1970’s extension with a patio on top.
The image presented here is terrible
Kilmarnock is just airbrushed out of the story.
What next for a similar corporate makeover -- Tennents Lager?
That would be a hut by Loch Katrine and a kiosk in Edinburgh Airport?
Hopefully by the time a planning application is made there has been a rethink of design into something that sits happily into the existing building and provides the visual experience talked about in the blurb
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To them Scotland is only so much rock and peat that revolves around Edinburgh.
Kilmarnock is just a blip — a long lost relative that nobody talks about through personal shame and a sense that reality is now optional in the post truth / post Trump world.
Butcher a town’s economy and spend the savings on some tourist friendly tat in amongst the Teuchters — that is what now passes for progress in today’s multi national world.