Roseisle Distillery, Scotland: Diageo, Moray, Speyside

Roseisle Distillery, Speyside Building, Scottish Whisky Development, Moray

Roseisle Distillery, Scotland : Speyside Development

Whisky Production Building in Moray, Scotland – design by Austin-Smith:Lord

12 Mar 2010

Roseisle Distillery Scotland

STUNNING IMAGES OF SCOTLAND’S NEWEST DISTILLERY REVEALED

Austin-Smith:Lord has released amazing images of the new Roseisle distillery in Speyside, near Moray Firth in North East Scotland. The photographs, taken by one of the UK’s leading architectural photographers, Keith Hunter, show the complexity and scale of this major building.

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Roseisle distillery images © Keith Hunter

The £40m project for Diageo is the first major distillery to be built in Scotland for 30 years. The building is a modern interpretation of the traditional still house and maximises natural ventilation and daylight. The building has three key external forms which reflect the internal functions. The timber-clad barrel structure, with a full-height glazed gable, showcase the 14 stills; the central copper clad accommodation block contains the two big mash tuns and control centre; and the metal-clad tun rooms hold the 14 fermentation tanks, four of which are visible from the main road. The overall impression is of a confident iconic building.

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Diageo planned the distillery to increase its capacity by 10 million litres a year to match demands from growing worldwide markets. It also wanted to address several inefficiencies in the manufacturing process, so creating Scotland’s most environmentally friendly distillery, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of its predecessors by an innovative approach to waste and heat recovery which culminated in the building receiving a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ award.

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Austin-Smith:Lord worked closely with engineers AECOM and Diageo’s production team to accommodate evolving designs. The leftover barley grain – the draff – was used as a biomass fuel to produce steam for distillation, while a water reclamation plant looked to save approximately 300,000m3 water per year. Further energy was saved by supplying the malting plant situated in Burghead with surplus heat from the process. These new technologies needed to be incorporated, and so a degree of flexibility was required to accommodate ongoing developments whilst still allowing for a continuous construction process on-site in order to ensure compliance with the deadline. Excellent relations between the architects, client, engineers, and the contractor ensured that the building was competed on time and on budget, with the first whisky pouring from its stills a meagre 24 months after the design teams initial involvement.

Roseisle distillery Speyside building images / information from KH

Austin-Smith:Lord Architects


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