Ardgowan Distillery unveils updated construction plans


Ardgowan Distillery has unveiled plans for its new distillery and visitor center, with construction slated to begin next year.

The design uses a low environmental impact composite cladding, wood and steel materials to create a modern Nordic long hall.

The building, designed to provide an energy-efficient distillery and maximize the visitor experience, will feature a glass-walled ‘Heavenly Platform’ overlooking the Clyde.

The new site plans at the Ardgowan Estate, 30 miles west of Glasgow, replace an earlier design which had obtained planning consent in 2019.

The distillery therefore submitted these revised designs to the Inverclyde Council, with a response expected early next year.

In June, the Ardgowan Distillery confirmed that the Inverclyde project would go ahead, after a further £ 8.4million investment led by lead investor Roland Grain and further investment from Distil.

Based on the planning process, the company expects the distillery to be operational in 2023.

A side view of the proposed design of the Nordic Long Hall

Grain said: “My passion for whiskey started as a teenager in Austria when I started collecting Scotch whiskey and my wish is that this project creates the highest quality whiskey possible and a lasting bond with the Inverclyde community.

“At the heart of it all is our innovative building – designed by leading Austrian architects Spitzbart and Partners; I hope it stands out as a ‘whiskey cathedral’ and firmly puts this corner of Inverclyde on the tourist map.

“Ardgowan Estate is less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow and in 2019 Greenock hosted over 100,000 cruise ship visitors, so I think there is a great opportunity to bring people here with experience first-class in food, beverage and retail. “

The plans were welcomed by the owner of Ardgowan Estate, Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart, who said: “This is a truly iconic and visionary design, which matches the aspirations of the Ardgowan Distillery to create a tourist destination. historic in Inverclyde.

Distillery general manager Martin McAdam has estimated that the distillery and visitor center will create up to 47 new jobs within five years.

“We have already made our first local hire – our production coordinator Matt Blair is from Greenock – and we will be posting tenders for the construction early next year.

“We have a very strong commitment to employ locally,” he added. “We are already working with real estate specialists from Gourock Bowman Rebecchi and suppliers from Port Glasgow Scotcrest, and our ambition is to use local businesses and employees as much as possible.”

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