New plan approved

Ardgowan unveils revamped distillery design

Ardgowan Distillery

New look: distillery will produce a million litres a year


Ardgowan Distillery has revealed new designs for its £12 million plant being built on the Ardgowan Estate 30 miles west of Glasgow.

The Michael Laird Architects designed building at Inverkip has recently secured revised planning consent from Inverclyde Council.

It will sit alongside the distillery’s visitor centre which will be housed in existing buildings on the Bankfoot site. 

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 distillery initially expects annual output of a million litres which can be doubled in an already-approved second phase.

McAdam says the stills will be supplied by a Scottish firm and that building contract discussions are under way. It is also understood that the company is in advanced discussions with a keystone investor.

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

The new distillery will resurrect the name of the Ardgowan Distillery, which was founded in 1896 and located in Baker Street, 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.


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