Gordon & MacPhail unveils design for the new distillery at Craggan

Images shows a circular layout and sedum roofs

Gordon & MacPhail published images of the designs for its proposed distillery in the Cairngorms National Park. Last year, the well-known independent bottler, owned by the Urquhart family, had announced plans to build a distillery here in Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey. Since then, not only have plans have been worked out, but also the conversation with the local population started to convince them of the beneficial aspects for the town a whisky distillery would offer. Members of the fourth generation Urquharts participated at the exhibition to meet the local people. They have received overwhelming positive response, as it is underlined in a press release. In the Granton-on-Spey region, people are looking forward to growing tourism in the area.

The design of the new distillery, designed by the architects NORR, shows a circular site with a central courtyard. The buildings are to be integrated into the landscape, which will not least be due to the green roofs. In the long term, the company plans to have a production capacity of 2 million liters a year, but initially it wants to start at 375,000 liters annually.

It's not the first whisky distillery that Gordon & MacPhail added to the traditional family business, which looks back on 120 years of history and employs more than 160 people. Since 1993, the Benromach Distillery in Forres belongs to the company. After five years of extensive renovation, it was reopened in 1998 and today attracts 15,000 visitors a year. 

Images: NORR,  by courtesy of Gordon & MacPhail