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£10.7m project unveiled

Whisky distillery planned for former dock

Proposed Douglas Laing & Co distillery

A whisky firm is to build a £10.7 million distillery and bottling complex in a former dock near the Glasgow Science Centre.

Douglas Laing & Co said the project will also house a corporate head office, a visitor centre, a whisky laboratory and archive, bar and bistro.

Water will be piped to the complex from Loch Katrine and 300 tonnes of barley will be brought in from Scottish farms to create whiskies such as Old Particular, Timorous Beastie and The King of Scots.

The Scottish Government is providing grant funding for the development, which will help take the 22-strong workforce to 60.

The company will receive £855,000 through the Food Processing Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) grant scheme, a £70m funding programme for the food and drink business across Scotland which was launched in 2015.

Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “This is just one example of how the Scottish Government in supporting our world-class producers to flourish, ensuring that our food and drink continues to be the cornerstone of our economy, environment and culture.”

The Pacific Quay site is owned by Scottish Enterprise which has appointed Drum Property Group as preferred developer. Planning discussions with Glasgow City Council are under way.

Cara Laing, the firm’s director of whisky, said that the funding package was key to enabling a project on this scale to go ahead.

“We shall be providing a top quality, environmentally friendly facility delivering high efficiencies which will result in reduced packaging, less wastage, reduced energy consumption and lower costs allied to CO2 reductions,” she said.

Location of Laing distillery

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