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Threesixty reveals plans for Edinburgh distllery HQ

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Threesixty Architecture has submitted plans for what could become Edinburgh’s first new single malt distillery in more than a century

The Glasgow-based practice has drawn up plans on behalf of The Port of Leith Distillery for a new facility next to the Ocean Terminal shopping centre in Leith.

The building has been designed to allow public access that, it is hoped, will allow it to become a tourist attraction.

A statement from Threesixty said: ‘The visitor journey is considered at every turn to get as close to the production process as possible as it follows the liquid from the mash tun in the centre of the building, down through the brewery, to the stills on the ground floor.

‘Throughout, opportunities are taken to provide a tactile and sensory experience.’

The 40m-tall building will also function as the company’s headquarters, from which it plans to expand into all five of Scotland’s whisky regions.

The building, if granted approval by City of Edinburgh Council, would house a rooftop restaurant, specialist shop and flexible tasting areas to accommodate events, exhibitions and workshops.

Ian Stirling, co-founder and director of The Port of Leith Distillery, told Architects’ Journal: ‘There has been a trend where consumers are moving away from the big blended whiskies and moving to malts. That is a story of smaller distilleries and presents us with an opportunity.

He said that he is hoping the new plant will produce up to 400,000 litres of whisky a year.

Threesixty said: ‘The envelope finish reflects the industrial heritage of the site and the distillery function and is predominantly clad in profiled sheet metal.

‘The skin is opened continuously on the north-west elevation facing the water to present the entire gravity distillation process and enhance the beacon-like quality.

‘A key aspect of the design is how the glow and form of the building is reflected in the water and how the sculpted form of the copper stills in particular are presented in a theatrical and considered way.’

Threesixty architecture distillery

Threesixty architecture distillery

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