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Work begins on Macallan distillery warehouses

Work is progressing on The Macallan’s new £100 million distillery in Speyside, with the construction of the new warehouses and filling store currently underway.

Work is progressing on The Macallan’s new £100 million distillery in Speyside

Construction firm Robertson Northern, which is already working with The Macallan’s owner Edrington on the construction of the new distillery, has just started work on the new warehouses and filling store, with completion due to coincide with the new distillery in mid 2017.

Based in Craigellachie, the new distillery and visitor centre is set to officially its doors in spring 2018, and will enable the Scotch whisky brand to “significantly increase” its production output to meet consumer demand.

Graham Hutcheon, managing director group operations, said: “The maturation process plays an important role in the quality of The Macallan. The spirit spends many years in our warehouses as it matures in the highest quality sherry seasoned oak casks.

“The new distillery and the associated warehouses will continue The Macallan’s reputation for uncompromising quality and ensure that we can continue to supply the highest quality single malt Scotch whisky for generations to come.”

Designed by architects Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, designers of the Millennium Dome and Pompidou Centre, the new facility is designed to complement the surrounding area with a grass-covered undulating roof. “The site will receive 90% of its steam power from a green energy plant.

Frank Reid, regional director of Robertson Northern, added: “The Macallan is one of the most distinctive brands in the world and it is inspiring to be working on a project of this scale and imagination for Edrington. We are just as enthusiastic as the most ardent whisky fan at seeing the end result.”

At the same time Edrington has commissioned engineering firm Elite Control Systems to create automated control systems to operate the new plant so that production remains on track and the visitor centre remains open.

“It’s very exciting that a brand new distillery of this size, sophistication and calibre is being built in Scotland,” added Ewan McAllister, technical director for Elite Control Systems.

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