23 May 2018

‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Macallan distillery project

Macallan Distillery Internal 2018

The new Macallan distillery and visitor experience marries whisky making heritage with the innovative vision that sits at the heart of The Macallan and guides their future. 

Main contractor Robertson worked with 25 contractors to bring the vision for the new, £140m distillery and visitor experience to life. During construction, up to 400 people specialising in more than 20 different trades were employed on site. 

Designed by internationally acclaimed architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the iconic evolution of the home of The Macallan embodies the care, passion and superior craftsmanship that goes into every bottle of their single malt.

Sitting at the heart of The Macallan Estate, just 400m from the existing distillery, the new distillery and visitor experiences sits side by side with Easter Elchies House, and marries past, present and future in a unique statement in architecture, construction and whisky making.

“The Macallan estate truly is a special place; a place we have come to love and respect hugely. The vision was always ambitious but this enabled us to challenge our own thinking to create something so dramatic and awe-inspiring." - Graham Stirk, Senior Partner and Lead Architect, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

After six years in the making, this is more than a distillery for The Macallan. A striking piece of contemporary architecture cut into the slope of the land, the building and all of its elements embody the unique beauty of the birthplace of brand and whisky making roots and marks a significant milestone and celebration of The Macallan story now and into the future.

Taking its cues from ancient Scottish hills and maximising the aesthetic beauty of the building, the distillery and visitor experience was designed to minimise the visual impact on the Speyside landscape whilst having the maximum awe-inspiring impact for whisky lovers from all over the world who visit.