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Ardgowan reveals updated designs for Lowland distillery

The Ardgowan Distillery Company has unveiled updated designs for its £12 million (US$15.8m) distillery, which is being built on the Ardgowan Estate near Inverkip.

The Ardgowan Distillery will house two copper pot stills and six timber-clad washbacks

Inverclyde Council first approved plans for the distillery, which is based 30 miles west of Glasgow, in March last year.

The distillery will include two copper pot stills and six timber-clad washbacks, as well as a visitor centre that will be developed within existing buildings on the Inverkip site.

Distillery chief executive Martin McAdam said: “This is a state-of-the-art, modern distillery which not only looks fantastic, but will reduce our environmental impact wherever possible.

“Our architects have worked closely with civil engineers Blyth & Blyth and process designers Briggs of Burton to create a striking distillery which fits well in the landscape and uses heat recovery and closed loop cooling to reduce energy use and water consumption, whilst the extensive use of glass means visitors will get a clear view of the bright airy interior.”

The design was created by Michael Laird Architects, the firm which has also worked on the revival of the Rosebank Distillery with Ian Macleod Distillers.

Once completed, the Ardgowan Distillery will have an output of 1 million litres per annum. In the future, output can be doubled via the addition of two further stills plus washbacks in an already-approved second phase.

The Ardgowan Distillery Company was awarded almost £1 million (US$1.3m) from the Scottish Government’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation grant scheme to construct the site.

The new distillery will resurrect the Ardgowan Distillery name, which was founded in 1896 and located in Greenock. After a few years of whisky production, the distillery was used to make grain spirt and industrial alcohol until it was destroyed in the May Blitz of 1941.

Last month the distillery released its first whisky, a 600-bottle run of Ardgowan Expedition 20-year-old, which is a premium blend containing whisky that has been to the South Pole.

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