Macallan Distillery and Visitors Centre

Project Macallan Distillery and Visitors Centre
Location Aberlour, Northern Scotland
Sector Arts & Leisure
Project Value £140 Million
Architect Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
Main Contractor Robertson Construction
Sub-Contractor FGS
CAB member Saint-Gobain (United Kingdom)

The £140m Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience is located on the stunning Easter Elchies estate, which has been home to the leading luxury single malt since 1824.

It was designed by internationally acclaimed architect, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, who were selected to lead the project after an international competition.

The striking piece of contemporary architecture is cut into the slope of the land, taking its cues from ancient Scottish hills and maximising the aesthetic beauty of the building whilst minimising the visual impact on the Speyside landscape, which has been classified as an ‘Area of Great Landscape Value’.

The project has already won a number of prestigious awards including the RIBA Scotland Regional Awards 2019 and RIAS Award 2019 for architects Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, the Construction News Project of the Year 2019 and the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Saltaire Awards 2018.

The distillery and visitors centre features a grass covered, undulating roof that is one of the most complicated timber structures in the world. The main glazed façade is not fixed directly to the Glulam structure to accommodate potential natural movement.

To ensure a consistent temperature within the building for comfort and reliable distillation conditions, Saint-Gobain Glass’ Cool-lite® SKN 176 II, a high performance solar control glass was selected to form the large, glazed façade.

For the main façade, 59mm thick double glazed units of laminated heat strengthened safety glass (the largest of which was 3m wide x 5m high weighing 1.7 tonnes) were installed, structurally bonded to structural fins made from 33mm thick laminated toughened glass.