‘Lost’ Falkirk distillery rediscovered in spirits boom
January 29 2019
A long-dormant Falkirk distillery is to be fired up once again following approval of a £12m scheme to restart production at Rosebank, retaining period features such as a landmark chimney while creating a contemporary new build extension.
Spearheaded by Ian Macleod Distillers and Michael Laird Architects the scheme will see the mothballed site brought back into productive use by autumn 2020.
Phased proposals call for a working distillery to be established as a priority with repairs to existing warehouses, distillation areas and the landmark chimney, including areas of extensive glazing to clearly communicate the distillation process to passersby.
A second phase of work would follow within five years to convert non-operational warehouses into a visitor centre, café, retail and auditorium.
In their design statement the architects wrote: “The conceptual approach is to retain, renovate and enhance the principle listed buildings facing the Forth & Clyde Canal which are crucial for Rosebank’s heritage & setting.
Removal and replacement of the poor, deteriorated and incongruous road-side buildings will provide a new distillery structure returning clarity to the now lost street elevation contained within the same building footprint. The new buildings will be overtly modern, designed to be of their time without resorting to pastiche or mimicry.”
Now owned by Scottish Canals the distillery has lain dormant since 1993.
Equipment behind the traditional 'triple distillation process has been preserved and will be re-housed contemporary accommodation