PLANNING permission has been granted for a new £100 million Macallan distillery and visitor centre in Speyside.
Robertson has been appointed preferred contractor for the works and the new facility is due to open to the public in 2017.
The Macallan is one of the core brands of Edrington, a premier producer and distributor of global spirits brands.
Graham Hutcheon, Group Operations Director, Edrington, said, “We have assembled a first class team, including internationally renowned architects Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners, and are confident that Robertson will complement the existing team and our aspirations for this project. Only the external appearance of the distillery will change, the exceptional quality of The Macallan, which has been produced for many years using copper stills from Forsyths, will not be compromised and the same focus on attention to detail and personal care of the whisky’s production will be upheld.”
Bill Robertson, Executive Chairman, Robertson, said, “We are delighted and honoured to have been selected by The Macallan to build their new world-class, iconic distillery and visitor centre.
“As a local business we have worked in the whisky industry for many, many years and fully understand the aspirations of the sector. The project will be delivered in true partnership between ourselves and The Macallan and will result in a distillery and visitor centre which will become the benchmark for others to aspire to.”
Graham Hutcheon, Edrington, added, “With Robertson and Forsyths joining our professional team, we are delighted that regionally based businesses will benefit from our investment. It is anticipated that due to the locations of both these companies even greater economic and employment benefits for the local and surrounding areas will be realised.”