Whisky Focus - Construction Work Begins On New Ardross Distillery

Construction Work Begins On New Ardross Distillery

17th November 2017
Work begins on the 15 million Ardross distillery which is scheduled to go into production summer 2018.

Ardross Distillery - artists impression.

Work is now underway on the new Ardross distillery in the Averon Valley near Inverness. Planning permission for the new 15 million distillery was given the go ahead by The Highland Council in February this year and with construction now underway it estimated that the Ardross distillery will go into production by summer 2018.

The construction work, which has just begun, will transform the disused 19th century farmhouse and its associated steading's at the 50 acre site into a Scotch whisky distillery. Morrison Construction, who has been contracted to carry out the work on the site will be using a inventive approach to the construction of the distillery, which will see stone and slate from ruined structures salvaged for re-use in new walls and roofs while more extensive work to the main steading will see the entire rear wall brought down and rebuilt to provide the requisite floor space for a two-storey still house, tun room, mash house and milling area.

Ardross Distillery courtyard - artists impression.

Inventive re-use extends to an old dairy building which will be repurposed as a laboratory and a three-storey house which will be converted to a a vaulted cask storage area and marketing suite, the boiler house will also be located at the side of this building. Large courtyards will also be formed, framed by new offices and staff accommodation to each side of the main steading.

Two large copper pot stills along with the other process equipment are scheduled to be delivered to the distillery early 2018. Ardross will also house a customised gin distillery which if construction and start up goes to schedule will be launching its first product onto the market in late 2018.

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