Located on the Isle of Harris, this ambitious project comprised the development of a new distillery that would offer a taste of the rare and elusive spirit that the island has to offer. The distillers aim was to deliver a long-term project that is both beneficial to the local community and a source of pride for the people of the islands. The project was inspired by the environment, heritage and culture of the Isle of Harris, the rising global demand for whisky and the hearty welcome of a community in need of economic regeneration.
The construction generally is a large steel frame building with concrete ground floor, with roof and concrete block walls clad in slate. There is a milling area, Mash Tun, Washbacks, Stills and condensers dealing with the whisky distillation process together with a gin still. Once distilled the whisky spirit moves to a large spirit receiver in the cask filling area and then to the storage building to begin the maturation process.
BDG Thomson Gray provided a range of consultancy services on the project. These consultancy services included reporting to the board on three key elements of the project being time, quality and cost. The consultancy services provided also included attendance and contribution at board meetings, attendance and contribution at progress meetings and ah-hoc construction advice and commentary as required for the project.
The completed Isle of Harris Distillery grown exponentially since the doors were opened in 2015. Now employing more than 40 permanent staff, the distillery offers a much needed economic boost to the area.
The distillery also offers a boost to tourism on the island, with many paying a visit each year to admire and explore this unique development and taste the multi award winning products on offer. The development has been seen as a catalyst for positive change in tight knit community of the Isle of Harris, giving the island an increased presence on the global stage.
“The distillery can be a showcase for Harris around the world. It is a ground of hope here on the shores of East Loch Tarbert.” – Anderson ‘Burr’ Bakewell, Founder of the Isle of Harris Distillery