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Ardgowan Distillery plans to build a cathedral of whisky

Ardgowan Distillery has lodged new plans with Inverclyde Council for their distillery and visitor centre building and hope to begin building this year.

The revised design uses low environmental impact composite cladding, timber and steel materials to create a light-filled modern Nordic long hall. The aim is to create an energy efficient building, and Ardgowan are working with engineers Briggs of Burton on innovations including energy reduction, heat recovery and carbon capture.

Planning consent already exists for a previous design, and the company hopes for approval from the council planners this spring.

New investment of £8.4 million from principal investor, Roland Grain along with Distil Plc will allow the project to proceed in the hope that the distillery will become operational next year.

Roland Grain. Photo: ©2021 Martin P. McAdam www.martinmcadam.com

Mr Grain said: “My passion for whisky began as a teenager in Austria when I began to collect Scotch whisky and my wish is for this project to create the highest possible quality whisky and a lasting connection to the community in Inverclyde.

“Central to this is our innovative building – designed by leading Austrian architects Spitzbart and Partners. This very modern Nordic long hall is pointing skyward, symbolising resurrection and our rise from the ashes of the former Ardgowan Distillery, which burned down in the Greenock Blitz in May 1941, and also our ambition to become one of the top whiskies in the world.

“I hope it will stand out as a ‘cathedral to whisky’ and put this corner of Inverclyde firmly on the tourist map.

“Ardgowan Estate is less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow and in 2019 Greenock welcomed more than 100,000 cruise ship visitors, so I believe there is a great opportunity to draw people here with a first-class food, drink and retail experience.”

Martin McAdam, CEO of Ardgowan Distillery, said: “This project will be a major boost to the local economy – both during construction and in operation. We estimate the distillery and visitor centre 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 advertising construction tenders early next year.

“We have a very strong commitment to employing locally. Already we work with Gourock property specialists Bowman Rebecchi and Port Glasgow suppliers Scotcrest, and our ambition is to use local firms and employees as much as we can.

“Our goal is to build a world-class whisky distillery and visitor centre which will attract tourists and bring economic and social benefits to Inverclyde.”

Stuart McMillanMSP said: “I have been fully supportive of the proposal to establish the Ardgowan Distillery in Inverkip. This distillery will be a fantastic addition for Inverclyde and will become a major tourism attraction.  I wish the project every success and look forward to seeing the distillery open for business.”