Render image showing the proposed view from the road for Speyside Distillery project.
Speyside Distillery



7 Wellington Square



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Following the successful delivery of our Lagg distillery project, we were invited to enter a competition to design a concept for a whisky and gin distillery and visitor centre in the heart of Speyside.


Our client asked that the proposal reflected the spirit of Speyside encapsulated within the surrounding environment of the proposed site; a long-established estate on the banks of the River Spey.




Speyside Distillery


N/A - competition entry


N/A - competition entry

The aim of this project was to provide well-conceived spaces for distilling whisky that fitted its environment and celebrated the heritage of the surrounding area.

The main purpose of the facility was to produce gin using local botanics from the Estate, Whisky using local Speyside water, and also to provide a visitor experience that would be exceptional, unique and unforgettable.


The design was inspired by the setting, the production of Whisky and Gin and the proximity to the River Spey and its surrounding topography.

Render image of barley fields surrounding Lagg Distillery.

Materials and finishes

Our design concept proposed a roof plane that organically bends and curves, appearing smooth and fishlike - the structure mimics the form of an Osprey’s feather and draws inspiration from local Victorian structures over the River Spey.


Opportunities to grow botanicals for gin made on-site are offered by way of the green roof, entrance wall and botanical garden, embedding the gin itself into the building design.

Concept diagrams for the Speyside Distillery project, in green duotone.
Elevation drawings for the Speyside Distillery project, in green duotone.


Elements local to the site influenced our final design proposal, such as the twisting movement of the salmon. The proximity to the river also inspired the proposed orientation of the building.


By setting the proposal far into the existing topography of the site, we hoped to encourage a connection between the natural environment and the architecture of the building.

Render image showing the proposed entrance for Speyside Distillery project during the day.

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