Sector: Food & drink Completion date: November 2019

Located at the end of a four-mile single track road, near Port Askaig, Bunnahabhain Distillery is the most remote and northerly of the nine active distilleries on Islay.

Key facts

Guaranteeing the distillery’s long-term future

The project was part of Distell’s £10.5 million, three-year improvement plan. Through early engagement with Distell and their design team, we were able to determine all stakeholders’ objectives, which included:

Replacing existing warehouses with a custom-built visitor centre

Works involved the demolition of several existing warehouses, filling store and shop from their shoreline position.

The demolished bonded warehouses were replaced by the new custom-built, timber-framed distillery visitor centre. The design of the building replicates a traditional boathouse and features a café, bar, retail area, full catering kitchen, dining area, conference facilities, and a product display area with bottles of Bunnahabhain whisky available.

Robertson Central West led the build with Robertson Timber Engineering supplying the timber kit and Robertson Civil Engineering completing the substructure and hard landscaping with much-improved visitor car parking. An in-situ concrete cantilevered slab was installed over the sea wall which gives stunning views out over Bunnahabhain Bay and the Sound of Islay.

Project team

Architect: Avison Young
Project Manager: Avison Young
Principal Contractor: Robertson Central West
Civil & Structural Engineer: Blyth+Blyth
MEP Consultant Blyth+Blyth
Client QS Gardiner & Theobald

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