£10m distillery included in Pacific Quay planning application

DRUM Property Group has submitted a planning application for a £30 million mixed-use development at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.

The business is working with Scottish Enterprise to develop a 7.5-acre site at Pacific Drive, which is said to  form a “significant” part of the final stages of the wider masterplan for the development area.

Proposals for this next development phase include high quality homes, offices, restaurants and bars – as well as a £10 million urban whisky distillery, bottling plant and visitor centre operated by Douglas Laing & Co.

Future phases planned by Drum will see the development of additional business space and amenities.

Graeme Bone, group managing director of Drum said, “This is a hugely important planning application for Pacific Quay, which has seen unprecedented growth during the last decade and is now rightly regarded as Scotland’s most important location for broadcasting, media and creative industries. Our proposals combine high quality residential and office development with a café culture, bringing amenities to an area which currently lacks facilities and services and is seldom occupied after 5pm.

“We want this to be a vibrant social quarter which will be visited, occupied and enjoyed during the day, evening and night, creating a genuine sense of identity and excitement both within and outside of the workplace. We now have the opportunity to realise the ambition of Scottish Enterprise to deliver an attractive and vibrant destination in the very heart of Pacific Quay, bringing a site which has lain empty for more than 30 years back to life.”

Plans include 20,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space, 60 residential homes and apartments as well as café and restaurant units overlooking the Canting Basin.

Commenting on plans for the new distillery, Cara Laing, director or whisky at Douglas Laing & Co said, “We have long held an ambition for the company to operate its own distillery and bottling operation in Glasgow and our proposals will bring whisky distilling back to the south side of the city.

“We will be creating welcome jobs and generating significant additional high-value exports – as well as becoming an additional high profile tourist attraction for the city. We are proud of our Glasgow heritage and are delighted to be part of this project on the banks of the Clyde, right in the very heart of Glasgow.”

Allan McQuade, business infrastructure director at Scottish Enterprise added, “This project represents an exciting opportunity to create an outstanding development at a key strategic site for Glasgow, bringing new opportunities for economic growth to the city and more widely across Scotland. This is one of the key remaining waterfront sites to be developed in Glasgow, and follows hot-on-the-heels of Barclay’s announcement to develop a new state-of-the-art campus at Drum’s Buchanan Wharf site, south of the Clyde. We look forward to working with Drum and other occupiers in the area to realise our ambitious vision for Pacific Quay.”