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Old November 8th, 2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Edinburgh Breweries & Distilleries

Micro gin distillery plan for Royal Dick building

Edinburgh Evening News - 8th November, 2013



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It is the traditional tipple of hard-pressed housewives and feted as the drink that “built the British Empire”.

But now “mothers’ ruin” – or gin – is enjoying a mini production revival in the city with a major distillery planned.

Masterminded by two city entrepreneurs, blueprints have been drawn up to transform the “dog’s cages” room of the former Royal Dick Vet into a micro-distillery where handcrafted gin will filter through into the taps at Summerhall bar.

Business partners Marcus Pickering, 39, and Matthew *Gammell, 38, hope to concoct a unique gin blend using a huge 500-litre copper still and old Indian recipe handed down through generations.

The locally-produced liquor is being billed as “high quality” and 42 per cent proof but amateur gin-makers will also get the chance to create their own brew at the Summerhall plant – if planning chiefs “chink glasses” with the ground-breaking project.

A former senior butler at Skibo Castle, Mr Pickering is an expert mixologist with an intimate knowledge of high-class spirits. He said: “Micro-distilleries are very fashionable at the moment and are popping up all over Britain with new flavours and new ideas.”

Gin became synonymous with India at the height of the British Empire when officers would add it to a quinine cocktail – known to ward off malaria – to make the drink more palatable.

Mr Pickering, who will be constructing the distillery by hand, said their brew will be based on the same gins the colonials enjoyed on their verandas.

He said: “We are not reinventing the wheel, we are bringing back to life a great gin that’s been around as long as Plymouth Gin.

“We’ll start small and get the gin absolutely perfect.”

It is thought some walls at the Royal Dick Vet may have to be removed to allow sufficient room for the huge copper still that is being delivered from Portugal. The gin-makers insist the walls would be rebuilt once the vast still is in situ.

Paul Waterson, of the Scottish Licensed Trades Association, said: “It shows that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. I know from craft breweries and smaller whisky distilleries that there is a move on here and it’s very popular. It will be a good use for the space and I wish them all the best.”

Edinburgh has a long history of gin production. Back in 1777 there were eight licensed distilleries and it is estimated that there may have been as many as 400 illegal stills in Edinburgh. Production fell out of fashion but is currently enjoying a micro-boom thanks to the drink’s fashionable *connotations.
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First gin distillery in 150 years set to open

Edinburgh Evening News - 8th March, 2014

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The first gin distillery in the Capital in 150 years is set to open its doors this month.

Pickering’s Gin is launching at the end of March with a party that will see 450 people heading down to Summerhall for a tipple.

The distiller is the brainchild of entrepreneur Marcus Pickering and business partner Matthew Gammell who have put every penny they have into creating the perfect spirit.

And after months of preparation the distillery in the former Dick Vet building is finally finished, including a copper pipe running directly to the bar for quality gin on tap.

A number of off-licences and wholesalers have approached the company to try and stock the brand, but the drink’s creators are so confident in the finished product that they will not sign on any dotted lines until people have tasted it at the launch – where they hope to sell up to 500 litres.

Mr Pickering said: “We want suppliers to know what they are selling. We have such belief in our gin, and that it is different and better than others, so we want the industry to try it before they stock it.”

The list of suppliers will be available on the website from March 28.

Tourists will be able to watch the gin being made on Thursdays and Fridays during the summer as Pickering’s plans to open the process up to the public. There will be a schedule of tastings and visitors will even be allowed to blend their own personal gin using ingredients such as heather, coriander and lemon, and take it away.

A small museum will also be built for people to learn the history of the drink.

The event on March 27 in the dissection room at the popular festival venue will feature live music from The Bevvy Sisters and The Loveboat Bad Boys. There will be gin cocktails invented for the drink, although details of these are being kept under wraps.

The gin features nine different botanicals and is described by Mr Pickering as “smooth and citrussy with a tiny hint of spice”.

It is made from an Indian recipe given to Mr Pickering’s father in 1947. It is distilled multiple times and it takes more than two weeks to take the spirit from juniper berry to bottle.

Mr Pickering said: “If you are not satisfied with something and can’t get something you want on the shelves, you should make it yourself. We’ve been working together now for 12 years and gin is another one of these things we want to just make ourselves.

“There are so many companies out there that try to give you a false impression. That’s why we’re saying to people to come into the distillery and meet me and Matt and enjoy what we’re doing. We’ve put everything we have into this.”

Paul Waterson, chief executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, said: “Many areas throughout Scotland have their own breweries and distilleries, and this gets Edinburgh involved in that.

“People are well prepared to support produce made locally. The success of these businesses show that Scottish consumers are looking more locally.”
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Edinburgh Gin distillery offers tonic for industry

Scotland on Sunday - 23rd March, 2014

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Drinks industry veteran Alex Nicol is to open a gin distillery in the heart of Edinburgh in what he thinks may be the start of a rebirth of the industry in the city.

Nicol, whose career has been spent mainly with Whitbread, Scottish & Newcastle and Whyte & Mackay, is moving production of Edinburgh Gin to a former nightclub in the basement of The Huxley bar in the city’s west end.

He launched his Spencerfield Spirit Company in 2005, producing two whiskies which have gained a foothold in Australia, France and the United States.

Since adding Edinburgh Gin three years ago, turnover has grown sharply to £1.7 million and is expected to hit £2.2m this year. He is now producing 27,000 cases of whisky and gin.

“It has changed the nature of the business by adding a new dimension,” said Nicol, 59, whose business is a family affair. His wife Jane is the company secretary while daughters Harriet and Hannah are involved in events management.

The new distillery, opening in May, will have a bar, visitor centre and private dining room. Nicol initially financed the venture himself but now has a Clydesdale Bank overdraft and a hire purchase deal with Lombard Finance.

The Edinburgh Gin distillery will be the second in the city this year. Summerhall distillery, which produces Pickering’s Gin, will launch on Thursday. In the 18th century, Edinburgh was home to about 40 gin distilleries. A project into reviving the industry is under way at Heriot-Watt University.
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Plan could see malt whisky return to Edinburgh

Edinburgh Evening News - 20th November, 2014



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Edinburgh is set to produce its own malt whisky for the first time in a century, it emerged today.

Proposals for a new brewery in South Queensferry include plans to turn part of the site into a whisky distillery – the first since the city’s last producer – based in Sciennes – shut down in 1925.

Forth Bridge Brewery, which will be nestled directly under the new Queensferry Crossing, is the brainchild of Dave Robertson, a former member of the British sailing team who hopes to raise just under £3 million to bring his scheme to life.

And the 36-year-old insists Forth Bridge Whisky bottles will be hitting the shelves in just a few years – with half a million pounds in backing already pledged by investors.

The new brewery will turn out 110,000 litres of craft beer, whisky, vodka and gin every week, with two of its six stills devoted to creating a tipple with a “secret twist”.

Using top-secret production methods, Dave hopes to speed up the ageing process of the spirit, allowing it to mature faster – a move he admits will prove controversial with purists. And as well as whisky, the site – set to be the UK’s first fully sustainable brewery and distillery – will use 44 fermentation tanks to boost its craft beer production.

A restaurant and bar on the upper floor will feature glass-panelled flooring, allowing customers to watch the distillation and brewing process.

If planning permission is granted and funding secured, Dave insists his vision will attract 20,000 annual visitors to South Queensferry in its first few years.

He said: “I wanted to be able to combine various aspects into one job – marketing, brewing, hospitality. I wanted to create something unique, an icon for Scottish business.

“At the end of the day, this business is going to be unique from the word go. We have had a couple of setbacks, but they are all behind us now. As one of my business advisers said to me, go big or go home. The first six months will be quite tight on us, but we’ll go with the flow.”

South Queensferry does have a whisky history, having been formerly home to Vat 69 blended whisky.

Arthur Motley, a buyer 
for Royal Mile Whiskies, insisted a new Capital distiller could be a big draw for tourists and locals.

He said: “It’s definitely a common question from tourists looking for an Edinburgh malt, and local customers have really supported Edinburgh Gin and local brewers – so it’s not just tourists.”

Manuela Calchini, VisitScotland’s regional director for Edinburgh and the Lothians, said: “The investment plan for the Forth Bridge Distillery in 2016 represents a major development, not only for the region but for Scotland’s whisky industry – one of our biggest tourism-related icons.”
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Plans to ‘resurrect’ single malt whisky distilling in Edinburgh revealed

STV Edinburgh - 27th August, 2015

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Plans to bring back the tradition of distilling single malt whisky in Scotland’s capital city have been revealed.

Company Newmake Limited hope to “resurrect” the tradition of distilling single malt whisky in Edinburgh and turn the Engine Shed building on St Leonard's Lane into the Holyrood Park Distillery and tourist attraction.

If successful, this would be the first time a single malt distillery has operated in the city since Glen Sciennes closed in 1925.

A bid has been submitted to the City of Edinburgh council and will go before the Finance and Resource Committee on August 27.

The submitted plans include a "boutique distillery" and visitor experience with whisky tastings, retail and a café.

The venue was previously home to The Engine Shed charity, which provided training to adults with learning disabilities.

The organisation closed down in March this year after funding cuts left them unable to continue.

The building was placed on the market for lease in March 2015 and a closing date was set in May 2015. Five offers were received at the closing date.

Two of the offers were from church organisations but these were discounted because of “low rents, together with associated planning and funding risks."

A community-based bid was also made by St Leonard's Yard who proposed to use the property as a food-based social enterprise hub with bakery, cafe and shared kitchen space.

There was also a bid from support charity Carr Gomm who made an offer proposing to relocate the Rivers Centre, which provides treatment for patients suffering from psychological trauma.

But it is the proposition of 25-year lease at an annual rent of £65,000 by Newmake Limited which is being noted as the preferred bid.

For this new venture, the company says the Holyrood Park Distillery would create 25 new jobs “with opportunities for young workers, trades, and apprenticeship training through the Edinburgh Guarantee" and that the proposal would result in an initial £1.5m capital investment.

A spokesperson for Newmake Limited said: “We have submitted our plans to the council and now await its decision.

“This project creates jobs and economic development and supports Edinburgh’s important tourism sector.

“We are confident that we have presented a very strong case for bringing back single malt whisky distilling to Edinburgh and the rationale for realising this vision at the Engine Shed building.”
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New brewery and visitor attraction to open in Edinburgh

STV Edinburgh - 11th September, 2015

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A new brewery and visitor attraction has been confirmed for the capital.

Edinburgh Beer Factory will officially launch brewing production at the end of this month and brewery tours at the new visitor attraction are set to begin in spring 2016.

Located in Bankhead Industrial Estate, former Scottish & Newcastle chief executive John 
Dunsmore is behind the new venture, which is being run as a family business.

Daughter Kirsty Dunsmore says the brewery has been created to showcase the art of brewing and celebrate Edinburgh’s historical links as a world brewing capital.

“My dad has always worked in brewing,” Kirsty said.

“We are coming at beer with a love of brewing and a belief in it. We think of ourselves as an art brewery rather than a craft brewery.

"We believe there is an art to brewing and we believe in that art and of showcasing it. That's why it was important to have a site where we could show people all that goes into beer.

“This is not just for beer geeks, it is for everybody.”

The renovated industrial space will feature the brewery, shop and bar with an events space too.

All efforts are currently focused on the debut beer, which the company says is a reinvention of the “underappreciated”, humble lager.

The brewery says it has has blended a historic Munich style and applied Italian innovation to it, with the secret ingredient of Edinburgh water giving it a new lease of life.

“We want to look at beers that are underappreciated and bring them to a wider audience,” Kirsty said.

“We are starting with a lager which is a common beer but it is underestimated, whereas it is a very sophisticated thing to brew and very hard to get right.

“[It is] a light lager. It has a delicious smell, a malt sweetness smell. It is very pale gold and is clear and sparkling. It is very finely bitter-sweet balanced.”

Two brewers who both crafted their knowledge through Heriot-Watt's brewing and distilling degree have been employed by the company, with more beer styles planned for the future.

The company is also looking ahead to welcoming visitors and is organising tutored tastings and pop-up events run by local restaurants.

“We are keg-led as opposed to cask but we might do cask further down the line,” Kirsty added.

“We wanted the flexibility in the kit to make anything, so we could even do cider.

“We wanted somewhere that was accessible to the public too so although it is an industrial unit, this one is right by the new tram stop, by a bus stop and the East/West train line.

“We think Edinburgh captures the best of Scotland and what we want to promote about Scotland is its outward-lookingness, its irreverence and inventiveness, and you get that particularly in Edinburgh.”
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Application submitted for a whisky distillery and visitor centre in the Engine Shed at St Leonards, formerly home to the much missed community enterprise of the same name. The B-listed building is a former railway goods shed for St Leonards station. Design for the Holyrood Park Distillery is by 7N Architects.

16/01742/FUL | Change of use to distillery and extension to north end including ancillary uses, including exhibition and tasting areas, and associated retail sales area. Use of external yard for distillery related servicing, storage, community amenity space and occasional open air market or other events. | 19 St Leonard's Lane Edinburgh EH8 9SH





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Biscuit factory reborn as Edinburgh gin distillery

The Scotsman - 12th May, 2016

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Edinburgh Gin have expanded into new premises with their new distillery having the capacity to produce 2.5m G & Ts a year.

Edinburgh gin has expanded its production base by turning a disused space that formerly housed a biscuit factory, into a second distillery.

The company are bringing distilling back to Scotland’s historic gin port, Leith, which once boasted a thriving gin industry renowned for influencing the development of the world famous aromatic gin style known as London Dry.

The distillery’s expansion has been spurned on by the fact that Edinburgh consumes more gin per head of population than any other city in the UK, while rising global demand for the Scottish spirit has also played a part.

Edinburgh Gin has also signed new distribution deals in Europe, Scandinavia and North America for their core range.

The UK is already the biggest gin exporter in the world- and 70 per cent of it is produced in Scotland, in total worth £1.76 billion to the UK economy.

The Edinburgh Gin Distillery, at the Biscuit Factory, will produce the core range of gin – Original, Cannonball and the newly- added Seaside Gin, launched in time for summer 2016. Seaside Gin (43% ABV) now joins Edinburgh Gin Original (43% ABV) and Navy Strength Cannonball (57% ABV) as part of the distiller’s core range.

Production is led by Head Distiller, David Wilkinson as part of the long-standing partnership with Heriot-Watt University’s MSc in Brewing & Distilling course which seeks to push boundaries, bringing the science of distilling to the fore.

Co-Founder of Edinburgh Gin, Alex Nicol said: “Leith is steeped in history as an iconic gin port and was the centre of a home grown spirits industry. It made perfect sense to carry on that tradition since Melrose Drover closed its doors in Edinburgh over 30 years ago, and ensure the legacy lives on.

“Leith is undoubtedly experiencing its own kind of renaissance, as is gin. We have transformed part of the former United Biscuit’s factory into our second distillery, in response to the international spirit revival.

“This expansion will more than quadruple our production capacity, with the new distillery producing enough spirit to make over 2.5million G&T’s per year. We also have the opportunity to expand further by adding another still.

“It’s an exciting time for Edinburgh Gin, as we continue to craft the modern-day gin renaissance from Scotland’s capital. With the science and art of distilling at our core, we are energised that the spirit of Leith lives on at our new Biscuit Factory Distillery.”
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Plans approved for Edinburgh whisky distillery

Daily Record - 17th August 2016

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The City of Edinburgh Council has given the green light to a new £2 million whisky distillery and visitor centre proposal in Newington.

The £2 million Holyrood Park Distillery, a joint venture between David Robertson, former master distiller for The Macallan, and Rob and Kelly Carpenter, founders of the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, will bring whisky distilling back to Edinburgh after a 90 year absence.

The development will be Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery since Glen Sciennes closed in the 1920s.

Work on site will begin in the coming months with work expected to complete by 2018.

The distillery and visitor centre is expected to employ around 25 people once operational.

The small-scale distillery aims to produce around 53,000 litres of alcohol per year and around 140,000 bottles of mature single malt in eight to 12 years’ time.

The City of Edinburgh Council entered into a lease agreement with The Holyrood Park Distillery in August 2015, subject to planning permission.

The Engine Shed building, a former railway goods warehouse which will house the distillery, is owned by Edinburgh Council.

David Robertson, project lead on The Holyrood Park Distillery, said: “After years of hard work, our team’s dream of bringing single malt whisky distilling back to Edinburgh is set to become a reality.

“We worked closely with local residents and businesses to build a proposal that will benefit the local community as well as Edinburgh as a whole.

“Work will start later this year and throughout 2017 and by 2018 we hope to be producing beautiful, hand-crafted spirits at our world-class distillery and visitor experience in the heart of Edinburgh.”
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£5 million single malt distillery planned for Leith

The Scotsman - 8th March 2017

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It has a proud heritage in the whisky trade dating back more than 200 years.

Now two entrepreneurs hope to spark a new boom for the industry in Leith with a single malt distillery next to the Royal Yacht Britannia.

The £5 million complex, which has been around four years in the planning stages, is expected to become a major new visitor attraction on the waterfront, with its own bar, restaurant and gift shop.

If given the go-ahead by the city council, it would be the first purpose-built single malt distillery to be created in the city for more than a century.

The idea was dreamed up by Edinburgh schoolfriends Ian Stirling and Patrick Fletcher, who developed a love of whisky while sharing a flat in London and started experimenting in their garden with a 40-litre pot still. The pair have struck a deal with the Ocean Terminal shopping centre to take over a site next to a multi-storey car park.

The site of the new Port of Leith Distillery is just a few minutes walk away from the original home of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, which was opened in 1983 in former wine cellars on Giles Street.

However Leith’s links with the whisky trade go back to the late 18th century when Bonnington’s Distillery was set up and became renowned as the first in Scotland to install a Coffey still for continuous whisky production.

Other famous whisky names in Leith included William Sanderson & Sons, on what is now Maritime Street, whose founder would go on to help set up the North British Distillery, in the Gorgie area, which still operates to this day.

Maccdonald & Muir of Leith, a wine and spirits merchant set up by entrepreneurs Roderick Macdonald and Alexander Muir in Commercial Street in 1893, would go on to produce Highland Queen, which celebrated the landing of Mary Queen of Scots at Leith in 1561.

Brothers Walter and Robert Pattison, who set up the Pattisions Whisky Company in 1887 to try to capitalise on a collapse in the wine trade, were behind a number of famous advertising campaigns and publicity stunts, including training 500 African Grey parrots to repeat phrases like “Buy Pattison’s Whisky” before giving them away to publicans across the country.

The pair behind the Port of Leith Distillery have vowed to create a “beautiful, bold and modern building” in Leith, which was once Scotland’s main trading port.

Mr Fletcher said: “Leith was once the national hub for the Scotch industry and it’s really exciting to be restarting that tradition. Our business will boost the local economy by drawing more tourists and residents down to the harbour. Ocean Terminal bought into our vision when we had no money and only a plan. They’ve made an enormous contribution to our business and, we hope, to Leith.”

Mr Stirling added: “The first step to making whisky is making a beer and as any beer fan will know, there is a whole world of possibilities in that process. We want to play with those possibilities, ferment something special, and then distil a delicious lowland whisky.”


Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/5-milli...eith-1-4385931
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A more detailed description of the development from the Daily Record's coverage of the distillery story.

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The company's plan for what would be the Port of Leith Distillery will be a four-to-five storey building, incorporating vertical distillation, with an adjacent floating restaurant and bar.

Work on a planning application is now underway and is expected to be submitted by June of this year...
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Holyrood Distillery launches £5.5m funding drive to bring whisky production back to Edinburgh

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Malt distilling is a step closer to returning to Edinburgh for the first time in 90 years with the launch of a £5.5m funding drive by the Holyrood Distillery.

The project is a joint development by David Robertson, former master distiller for The Macallan, and Rob and Kelly Carpenter, founders of the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. It will be the capital's first single malt whisky distillery since Glen Sciennes closed in the 1920s.

The planning application for the development at the historic Engine Shed building in St Leonard's Lane was approved by the council in August of last year. The funds will be used to renovate the 180-year-old building, which is owned by the city, and to purchase and install equipment and a visitor experience centre.

The fundraising is being led by Johnston Carmichael, and will also help cover early costs of start-up and production. The distillery will produce a range of single malts, gins, liqueurs and other spirits, while the visitor centre will operate the banner of Holyrood's “Home of Flavour”.

Whisky distilling is expected to begin in late 2018, with bottles hitting the shelves as early as 2021. However, the project's backers say this will only be the case if the product meets their quality standards.

Gins and liqueurs will be ready for the distillery opening to the public later in 2018.

“We feel truly fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of bringing single malt distilling back to Edinburgh after far too long an absence,” said Rob Carpenter, the Holyrood Distillery's managing director.

“Kelly, David and I all love our spirits and we're incredibly enthusiastic about making flavour-filled malts, gins and other cool tipples as well as creating an experience which allows our visitors to truly immerse themselves in the world of Holyrood. We are confident that by placing a working distillery in the heart of Edinburgh's capital, with the visitor numbers and cash flow that is expected to provide, we are creating something that is quite different from the typical distillery start-up.”
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Some images of the emerging design for The Port of Leith Distillery development - looks a bit more ambitious than I envisaged.











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We're designing the building right now.

Our plans are ambitious. We aim to eventually produce 400,000lpa (litres pure alcohol) per year as well as welcoming tens of thousands of visitors through the door with a shop, restaurant, bar, and a couple of other surprises (really good surprises).

At the core of the building will be a vertical production process, with grain milling and mashing at the top, leading down through fermentation to distillation at the bottom.

Around that, we're creating a unique experience for our visitors, allowing them to get as close to the process as possible.

All of this will be encased in a beautiful, bold and modern building sitting on Leith's waterfront - an iconic new structure for Edinburgh.
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Interesting. I really hope this hastens the day when the dockside at Ocean Terminal is opened up. I've always thought it was utterly bizarre that a waterfront shopping mall lacked a pedestrian waterfront.
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On the first scaled model - is it a severed bit of RY Britannia accurate representation of Scottish share of assets post-scotref?
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As an application for the project is submitted to planning, some images of the Port of Leith Distillery design by Threesixty Architecture.









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Application submitted for the Port of Leith Distillery.

17/04428/FUL | Proposed distillery (sui generis) and ancillary uses, including visitor experience/tasting area and shop; office and restaurant, bar and use of the external yard for distillery-related servicing and storage | Land Adjacent To Ocean Drive Edinburgh
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Model of Threesixty Architecture's proposed Port of Leith Distillery project.

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Some images of the emerging design for The Port of Leith Distillery development - looks a bit more ambitious than I envisaged.























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I see the dm sub-committee report is recommending approval 🥃

https://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov...=OWW3LFEWGPG00
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I see the dm sub-committee report is recommending approval 🥃

https://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov...=OWW3LFEWGPG00
And the Leith Distillery planning app was indeed approved.
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