DYA LD 3154
Lochranza Distillery



7 Wellington Square



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Isle of Arran


Isle of Arran Distillers





Working closely with Isle of Arran Distillers, we designed a new extension to provide increased production facilities at Lochranza Distillery on the Isle of Arran.

The brief was to provide accommodation for two No.13,000 litre timber washbacks (fermenters) to supplement the existing washbacks within the facility.


The final design also incorporated future expansion capability, an enhanced visitor experience, improved accessibility and visitor flows to the existing distillery.


Throughout the design process, the visual impact of the new extension was assessed by analysing views towards the facility respecting the sensitive location of the site. Connections to the existing distillery operations and the surrounding landscape beyond informed the design.


The form of this new washback extension is influenced by the curved nature of the timber washbacks and barrels.

Axonometric drawing for Lochranza Distillery, in green duotone.
Axonometric drawing of the building design on existing site at Lochranza Distillery, in green duotone.
Render image of the front exterior view at Lochranza Distillery.

Materials and finishes

The proposal seeks to sit comfortably with the traditional distillery form of the existing buildings while providing a new contemporary appearance that embodies the workings of the distillery process within.


Materials were selected to be both sympathetic to the existing building and showcase the new washbacks. These included exposed concrete, render and bronze anodised aluminium curtain walling.


The addition of external fins on the ground floor screen the production area and also provide solar shading.

Render image showing the proposed entrance to Lochranza Distillery.
Diagram of Lochranza Distillery.
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The new proposal provides an enhanced visitor experience with level access from the visitor centre and accessibility for all visitors. It also provides the necessary expansion requirements for the distillery process within a dramatic contemporary space.

Render image showing the internal washbacks on site.
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Project team

Staff member considering material choices during a client meeting in Denham Youd offices.

Chris Youd

Architect Director

Staff member discussing a small design model with a colleague in Denham Youd offices.

Joanne Cowan


Project collaborators


Distillery Specialist

David Narro

Structural & Civil

Gardiner & Theobald

Cost Consultant


Fire Engineer


M&E Engineer

Gardiner & Theobald

Project Manager

David Barbour


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