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Austin-Smith:Lord gets in the spirit with Scottish distillery

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Austin-Smith: Lord (ASL) has applied for planning permission for this £40 million distillery in Roseisle, Scotland.

The building, for drinks giant Diageo, is being touted as a 'distillery of the future' and, according to Diageo, will be Scotland's most 'environmentally friendly whisky-production facility'.

The 3,000m2 distillery will contain 14 traditional copper whisky stills and has been conceived as a series of 'identifiable volumes' which reflect the three key functions of the distillation process: mashing, fermentation and distilling.

The architectural challenge, said ASL, was 'to design a building which reflects the distillery

process function whilst attempting to break down the mass, scale and visual impact

of the development to respond to its setting'.

Biomass boilers will burn the solid waste, known as draff, to provide more than 60 per cent of the steam required to produce the whisky.

Construction will begin in late autumn, with the distillery scheduled to open in early 2009. The first mature whisky will be delivered in 2012.

by Max Thompson

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