The Macallan Distillery Extension

  • The contemporary whisky distillery and visitor centre at The Macallan Estate will feature a double-curved timber roof.
  • The distillery and visitor centre are due to open to the public in 2017.

The new Macallan Distillery is set sensitively into the beautiful landscape of the Scottish Highlands, adjacent to original 18th century manor house.

The design brief required a state of the art facility that will meet the growing demand for Macallan’s famous Scotch whisky as well as welcome visitors to enjoy the whisky-making process. Arup have worked closely with the Macallan’s whisky production engineers in order to showcase the process and coordinate distribution lines and interfaces in keeping with the architectural intent. We are providing structural, fire and building services, environmental and ecological advice as well as site-wide civil and structure engineering.

A modern space

The process hall and visitor centre are designed as single-storey spaces, with a total floor area of 8,100 m². In order to minimise the material usage, the hall is formed from retaining walls.

The building services at the visitor centre have been designed with simplicity in mind; clean lines and discrete placement ensure visitor focus is uncluttered.  The entire building is fire-engineered to minimise the need for sprinklers. It does so by evacuating up to 12,000 litres of spilt alcohol in less than 2 minutes.

An unconventional roof

The roof has been designed to create an undulating silhouette in balance with the delicate countryside. Composed of a timber gridshell, the grass-covered double-curved roof will be one of the largest of its kind in the world.  Abutments anchor the inclined steel columns which carry the roof. The ground slab contains ventilation ducts supplying air to the process hall within its formation.

This contemporary distillery, designed with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, is envisioned to complement the natural beauty of The Macallan estate, meeting the client’s vision of an iconic, truly inspirational building as part of their luxury spirit brand. The distillery and visitor centre are due to open to the public in 2017.

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    The grass-covered double-curved roof will be one of the largest of its kind in the world.