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ISG secures contract to revive malt distilling in capital

Holyrood Distillery

Distillery will be first to produce single malts in the capital for 90 years


ISG has secured the prestigious contract to deliver Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery for 90 years in a former railway goods warehouse.

The £5.8 million scheme for Newmake is the latest a string of contracts for the Scottish drinks manufacturing industry awarded to ISG. To date these encompass more than £175 million of projects for the Glasgow-headquartered construction services company.

The new 12,379 sq ft distillery and visitor centre near Holyrood Park sees ISG reconfigure an existing three-storey building to create a distillery to the rear and three floors of store rooms and offices at the front.

A steel-framed extension, incorporating the existing traditional stone masonry wall fronting St Leonard’s Lane, will house a visitor centre and shop.

The main building, clad in charred timber, has been designed by architects 7N to mirror the seasoning of the barrels through the whisky production process, with glazed screens creating a framed view of Salisbury Crags from the tasting room.

The stills, housed in the refurbished Category-B listed building, will be powered by a single-storey plant room to the rear, with ISG also carrying out hard and soft landscaping as part of the contract.

Under the guidance of head distiller Jack Mayo, the distillery will produce a range of single malts, gins, liqueurs and other spirits.

Rob Carpenter, co-founder of Holyrood Distillery, said: “During the construction period we are offering people a taste of what will be on offer when the new distillery opens, with our ‘flavour first’ focus brought to life with prototype gins and liqueurs available for trial and purchase.”

ISG’s other work in the whisky industry includes the £5 million expansion project at Bruichladdich Distillery on the Isle of Islay.

Andy McLinden, managing director for ISG’s North and Scotland business, said: “Our latest win is a great addition to the vibrant niche drinks manufacturing scene within Edinburgh and will undoubtedly become a highly popular tourist destination in 2019 and beyond.”

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