Project Description

Glenlivet Distillery Expansion

Chivas Brothers undertook a significant expansion of the existing distillery at The Glenlivet in 2010, comprising of a new still house, plant room and tun room.

Location: Ballindalloch
Client: Chivas Brothers Ltd
Cost: £6m
Completion: 2010

The project included the construction on a new still house, plant room and tun room as an extension to the existing distillery. The new works were closely integrated into the existing distillery to preserve the character of the buildings and plant. An old malt barn was demolished to make way for the new still house, which contained a new lauter tun and 6 stills.

The new buildings were of modern structural steel construction, but external masonry and closed attention to glazing ensured that the new buildings were appropriate to the location.

Blyth & Blyth were the Civil and Structural Designer, Architectural Technician, Project Manager and Contract Manager for the project

Key challenges

The most significant challenge was to successfully integrate the new buildings into the irregular shapes created by the old buildings. Other challenges resulted from the remoteness and altitude of the location, which experiences low winter temperatures and large amounts of snow compared with much of the UK.

Results

The new distillery has been a great success as a production facility and as a visitor experience, and was officially opened by HRH Prince of Wales.