Johnnie Walker visitor hub recommended for approval
May 2 2019
Diageo’s bid to erect a prominent whisky-themed visitor experience on Edinburgh’s Princes Street look set to go-ahead after planners recommended that the visitor centre be approved.
Conservation specialists Simpson & Brown have drawn up plans to transform the former Frasers department store to accommodate the vision, adapting the current structure to accommodate a visitor experience spread over three floors as well as an events space, bar academy and shop unit.
Under the plans, a ‘subservient’ bronze rooftop extension would be built housing a bar, tasting rooms and exterior terrace with panoramic views to the Castle.
If the opinion of the planners is heeded at a meeting of the city’s development management sub-committee on Wednesday the attraction could open its doors by Christmas 2020.
Conservation bodies including Historic Environment Scotland and Edinburgh World Heritage raised no objections to the planned work.