A planning application has been submitted to establish a £10 million craft Scotch Whisky distillery and visitor centre on the banks of the River Clyde – the first distillery in the centre of Glasgow in over 100 years.
The application lays out plans for the transformation of the iconic “pump house” building, which sits between the Riverside Museum and the new Hydro arena. The plans include an interactive and education-focused visitor attraction and small batch single malt Scotch Whisky distillery complete with bar, café, tasting rooms and retail outlet.
The project, supported by Scottish Enterprise, has been developed by a small group of industry experts, led by Tim Morrison – formerly of Morrison Bowmore Distillers and current proprietor of the Independent Bottler, A.D. Rattray Ltd, a Scotch Whisky Company based in Kirkoswald, South Ayrshire.
Tim Morrison, who was also behind A.D. Rattray’s Whisky Experience & Shop in Kirkoswald, said the development, which aims to educate visitors about the history of Scotland’s national drink and its production, will play a key role in regenerating the Clydeside area. During the building and construction phase, it will support up to 300 jobs, and once complete, the distillery and visitor experience will employ up to 25 permanent members of staff.
Subject to planning approval, work on the first phase of the project – the distillery building, interactive visitor centre and café – is due to get underway with immediate effect. The second phase – which will see the fitting of the distillery equipment and stills – will be complete by mid-2015.