The Macallan Distillery has received a recognition from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Scotland.
Built on the Easter Elchies estate in Speyside, the new £140m distillery, which was unveiled by Edrington last summer, was awarded the ‘Design through Innovation’ award at a ceremony held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa in Edinburgh.
The Macallan project team – Edrington, Robertson and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – was praised for the building’s unique design, which has been described as a ‘cathedral to whisky’.
George McKenzie, Edrington’s UK Engineering Manager, said, “This award is testament to the vision, hard work, commitment and collaboration from our team and our partners. “Together, their unwavering commitment to excellence enabled us to deliver this unique and striking piece of contemporary architecture.”
Brian Anderson, project director for Robertson said, “This is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved in creating The Macallan Distillery, from those at Edrington to the architects, designers and construction team. It’s a truly striking building that will bring boundless benefits for the local community and economy for decades to come, and we are incredibly proud to have played a key part.”
Colin Smith, Head of the RICS judging panel, Scotland, said, “Judges commended the project team’s careful management of the environment, sustainability and local resources, particularly water, and the building’s innovative design. The building’s design is unique and there has been an incredible degree of detail and precision used in the build.”
The Macallan will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in October in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.
The titles adds to a string of high profile accolades for The Macallan Distillery, which officially opened in June 2018, including ‘Building of the Year’ title at the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Saltire Awards and the Structural Timber Awards’ ‘Winner of Winners’ title.