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Steel creates cathedral of whisky

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Structural steelwork is nearing completion on the Ardgowan Distillery near Greenock, which has been described as a cathedral of whisky.

Working on behalf of Muir Construction, Hescott Engineering is fabricating, supplying and erecting 260t of steelwork for the project.

The distillery building is an eye-catching steel-framed structure with a steep pitched roof, which will on completion have the potential to produce up to two million litres of whisky a year.

The building’s tall roof design will help create a light-filled environment for the state-of-the-art facility, which will use extensive heat recovery at each stage of the production process and CO2 captured from fermentation in order to make the distillery carbon negative.

There will be a cooling tower to minimise the consumption of water and eliminate the discharge of hot water into the nearby Kip River.

The steel-frame will accommodate various areas within the main distillery building, such as milling, mash house, washback and stillhouse production areas.

Distillery CEO Martin McAdam, says: ‘This project will be a major boost to the local economy – both during construction and in operation.

“Our goal is to build a world-class facility, which will attract tourists and bring economic and social benefits to Inverclyde.”

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