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Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Thursday 06 Mar 2014

Precious gem found in former paper mill

Bombay Sapphire Distillery by Thomas Heatherwick in Hampshire, United Kingdom
Bombay Sapphire Distillery by Thomas Heatherwick in Hampshire, United Kingdom Bombay Sapphire Distillery by Thomas Heatherwick in Hampshire, United Kingdom
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BREEAM Award for Industrial Design given to 18th century paper mill-turned-distillery 

The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has been awarded the highly prestigious BREEAM Award for Industrial Design at a ceremony held during the Ecobuild Conference at the London ExCel Centre on 4 March 2014.

Designed by GWP Architecture with Heatherwick Studio, Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill is situated within a Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in rural Hampshire. But with natural beauty also comes a rich heritage. For more than 225 years Laverstoke Mill was a hand-crafted paper mill that printed the watermarked banknote paper for the Bank of England and British Empire.

Last year, Laverstoke Mill became the first distillery and first refurbishment to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ design-stage BREEAM accreditation for its distillery process buildings. The distillery has been recognised as a leading example of industrial design demonstrating a holistic approach to the environmental aspects of its design and construction.

Distillation is already taking place on site under the watchful eye of Master Distiller, Nik Fordham and central to the 2,500 sq m Distillery are the still houses. These 18th century buildings are home to the traditional copper stills used by Bombay Sapphire in its unique ‘Vapour Infusion’ distillation process. The ten exotic botanicals infused into Bombay Sapphire will also be showcased in their natural state in the intricate glasshouses designed by Heatherwick Studio.

The distillery has a multi-functional renewable energy strategy and scored 100% in the Energy and Management sections and more than 90% in the Water, Materials and Waste sections of the BREEAM award for industrial design.

Throughout the construction process, building materials have been recycled from demolished buildings elsewhere on site, structure and facades have been retained where possible and new materials have been responsibly sourced where possible. The ecological value of the site has been enhanced through native species planting and the re-design of the riverbank to incorporate a biodiverse habitat. This included temporarily relocating more than 400 fish by hand and ensuring that provision was made for colonies of bats and a bevy of otters. 


Client: Bombay Spirits Company Ltd
Project Architect: GWP Architecture
Lead Designer: Heatherwick Studio
Contract Manager: Meller Ltd
MEP: Couch Perry Wilkes
Civil Engineer: Graham Schofield Associates
Process Engineer: Alectia
BREEAM Assessor: GWP Project Services Ltd

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