Green light for Whiskey Distillery Visitor Experience in Brechin

Glencadam Distillery (Image credit: Paul Smith of jmarchitects)

Planning approval has been granted for a new visitor center and VIP suite at Glencadam Distillery in Brechin.

Working closely with Angus Dundee Distillers since 2019, jmarchitects has developed a proposal that brings a rich experience to visitors to the historic whiskey site.

Glencadam began production in 1825 and is today the only single malt Scotch whiskey distillery in Angus County. The new visitor center will include a boutique, exhibition space, tasting rooms, whiskey lounge, cafe and reception hall on the first floor.

jmarchitects said: “An architectural landmark of many distilleries is the pagoda roofs of the malt kilns, known as the Doig Ventilators, a key feature of Glencadam twice in the distillery’s long history before they are tragically destroyed by fire. The proposal will seek to form a vernacular using a rugged yet dignified palette of materials to create a variety of uplifting approaches and characters.

“The architecture of the Visitor Center seeks to draw inspiration from the traditional roof forms of the Glencadam Distillery, reinterpreting the ‘Doig Ventilators’ as skylights providing natural light and ventilation to the interior space. A stone facade to complement the existing structure envelops the building drawing on the rich heritage of the site.

Consulting engineer DSSR Ltd and structural and civil engineer Narro Associates are also involved in the project.

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