A £100 million distillery on Speyside has today (Tuesday) been given the green light.
The Edrington Group’s new distillery and visitor centre at the Macallan was unanimously approved during a meeting of Moray's planning and regulatory services committee.
Work is expected to get underway in the autumn and is due for completion by the spring of 2017.
Famed architects Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners have designed the new distillery, which will enable Macallan to double production as demand soars. A visitors’ exhibition, gallery, café, and shop are included in the plans.
Graham Hutcheon, group operations director, said: "We are delighted with the decision taken today by The Moray Council planning committee. This permission enables us to forge ahead with our work on site."
Robertson have been chosen as preferred contractors for the new development, it was also announced, while Forsyths of Rothes have been named as supplier of the distillation equipment.
Mr Hutcheon continued: "Only the external appearance of the distillery will change, the exceptional quality of The Macallan, which has been produced for many years using copper stills from Forsyths, will not be compromised and the same focus on attention to detail and personal care of the whisky’s production will be upheld. The new distillery will undoubtedly become one of the most talked about distilleries, not only in Speyside but globally, and we look forward to starting on site soon."
Following an earlier decision for the Moray Economic Partnership to lead the campaign for Moray to secure the UK’s first spaceport, Councillor John Cowe said it was a "good day" for Moray.
"They may be able to serve Macallan from the new distillery on that first flight into space in a few years time," Councillor Douglas Ross, committee chair, said.
For more on both developments, read this week’s ‘Scot’.