Whisky tourism brings £30 - 40 million a year to Scotland’s economy, however, for 90 years, Edinburgh has not been home to a Single Malt Distillery.
The vision for the Holyrood Park Distillery is to restore this Single Malt Distilling tradition to Edinburgh. The proposed scheme will establish a new, small, urban Distillery and create a bespoke visitor experience within an existing Category B Listed building. This will create a unique visitor experience that will complement Edinburgh’s existing tourist attraction offer.
The proposals will bring the utilitarian 19th century Engine Shed building back into working use as place of production that will be experienced by a wide range of visitors.
The approach is to retain the historic external fabric of the Listed building whilst making considered alterations to the internal structure to adapt it to the requirements of the distilling process and the visitor experience. These proposed alterations principally involve the formation of new openings within the secondary timber floor structure whilst retaining the integrity of the primary cast iron and steel structure. In many respects, this is a continuation of the functional adaptations which have been undertaken on this working building over the years.
The proposals will open up the structure and reveal the fabric of the interior so that they become an integral part of the visitor experience and resonate with the historic dimension of distilling in Scotland. The new gatehouse and canopy structure are clearly expressed as new, contemporary, elements, which complement the materiality of the context whilst taking reference from the additive dark timber structures which were appended to the main Engine Shed building in the 19th and early 20th century.
These new structures combine with the existing Engine Shed building to create a composition of new and old elements which provide a sense of definition and enclosure to the courtyard space whilst enhancing the experience of arrival and the entrance to the building. The canopy will also function as a shelter for outdoor events and gatherings which will enliven the courtyard.