The Macallan

The Macallan civil engineering infrastructure


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Robertson Construction / Edrington Group
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Process infrastructure and external service works

Delivering extensive civil engineering infrastructure works supported the construction of an iconic new distillery and visitor centre for The Macallan, at Easter Elchies estate in Speyside.


Tonnes of earth moved


Pipework laid


Excavated material retained

Summary of services

• earthworks;

• deep excavations;

• cofferdams;

• effluent, storm and foul drainage;

• pump mains;

• steam mains;

• ducting.

Bringing works within client budget

Supporting design development, we carried out an extensive value engineering exercise, bringing approximately £1.5 million of savings to the project. Solutions included reducing volumes of excavations, fewer temporary works and changing hard engineering storage solutions (tanks) to soft storage solutions (ponds).

Keeping the facility open during works

A key customer requirement was to keep the Easter Elchies estate – where The Macallan is produced and bottled – operational during the ongoing works. To maintain ‘business as usual’, our works were programmed and managed so there was no negative effect on operations within the estate, and creating temporary road infrastructure was key to this.

This was vital as the estate is a top-tier COMAH site (Control of Major Accident Hazards), and in the event of an incident, good access for emergency vehicles must be evident.

Protecting the environment and minimising waste

As the project was so close to the River Spey, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), we worked closely with agencies to develop a bespoke water management system that would ensure zero environmental impact on the neighbouring watercourse. We retained 100% of the excavated material on site, which required specialist lime stabilisation work. We also preserved the sands and gravels, which were screened and graded to be used as backfill and in the final landscaping.

“The successful construction of this exciting new distillery and visitor experience has been made possible through hard work, commitment, innovation and collaboration driven by our team.”
Graham Hutcheon
Managing Director Group Operations, Edrington
“Throughout the project Robertson exceeded expectations by showing real commitment and dedication – both fundamental in overcoming design challenges and delivering sustainable solutions for the site. “To receive the [Saltire Building of the Year 2018] award is a reflection of the entire project team’s high level of skill, enthusiasm and passion for what is one of Scotland’s most significant projects.”
George McKenzie
Head of UK Engineering, Edrington

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