Following the announcement last month by Scotch Whisky Investments (SWI) of the plans for a major investment in Scotland including a new headquarters, whisky museum, and a hotel in Falkland, SWI is to take the proposal to the public for consultation next week.
The business, which is involved in the whisky asset management sector, has a licence to offer financial investment products in the form of bottles and casks of single malt Scotch whisky issued by the Dutch Authority for Financial Markets (AFM).
SWI revealed that it seeks to showcase the history of, and educate people about single malt Scotch whisky, as well as promote investment in the commodity. The plans include bringing the Valentino Zagatti Collection from the Netherlands, a collection that features more than 3,000 bottles and 300 different brands, and that is claimed to be one of the oldest in the world.
SWI hopes to deliver a mixed-use development and the proposal includes a new corporate headquarters with restaurants, museum and serviced accommodation as well as extensive community facilities for Falkland and aims to create both employment and tourism opportunities locally.
The main headquarter building, as well as housing the administrative functions of the company, aims to act as a centrepiece for learning about, and showcasing, single malt Scotch whisky, as well as providing hospitality for investors.
A spokesperson at SWI said: “We’re delighted to be giving the public the chance to have a say on our development proposals at Falkland.
“This exciting development provides much-needed investment in the community with a globally recognised headquarters for Scotch Whisky Investments.
“We are consulting extensively to ensure that the public has an opportunity to input their views and shape our proposals. We encourage the community to attend, raise any questions they may have, and provide feedback.”
Full details about the proposals will be available to the public at 9 am on Tuesday, August 2 and an online consultation will take place between 3 pm and 8 pm on the same day.
A second in-person public consultation for the Falkland event will be held on 14 September.