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Bringing the outdoors in to Macallan's award winning distillery

18 Nov 2019

Macallan distillery

When Benholm were invited to visit the brand new, award winning Macallan distillery in September, we jumped at the chance.

The Macallan is already established as one of the most famous whisky makers in the world and wanted a new centre that could reveal the production processes and welcome visitors while remaining sensitive to the beautiful surrounding countryside. The recently completed £140 million building just outside Elgin, on Speyside has since been awarded the 2019 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

The distillery's design reflects the whisky production processes - with an aesthetic focused on enhancing the natural surroundings in an evironmentally friendly, sustainable way. Bringing the outdoors in with creative indoor planting seemed like a perfect fit.                  

The building is undeniably stunning - Edrington sought to use plants in creative ways to soften the space, creating zones in the huge open plan area and making it as attractive as possible to visitors. The space was designed with simplicity in mind; clean lines and discrete placement ensure visitor focus is uncluttered so we took to the drawing board, exploring plants best suited to the distillery environment, planter designs which best complimented the space and practicalities of day to day use.


The welcome area is incredibly important, setting the tone for the visitor experience.

An arrangement at the welcome desk, a modern twist on traditional Scottish thistles was selected as were stone effect planters containing lush green Dracaena plants


Macallan reception space


Tasked with injecting a colour pop into the bathrooms, framed foliage was hung in each of them. The simple white frames echoed the design's clean lines but also added texture created by the tumbling finish. 


framed foliage

Framed foliage


The bar area is simply stunning - with a huge wall of glass offering spectacular views for miles across the rolling countryside. To offer visitors the best experience we enhanced the area with lashings of greenery, bringing together the interior and exterior with stone effect barriers and tower planters filled with Dracaena Janet Craig.  This plant is the perfect choice for an environment with low humidity and air conditioning. Bespoke barriers separate the bar making the most of the opportunity to display the Macallan branding.


macallan distillery bar

Food service area

A group of tall sustainable timber planters filled with leafy Dracaenas and Aglaonema plants successfully creates a natural barrier,  separating a staff only area, yet enhancing the overall space. The planters are trimmed with stainless steel for a prestigious finish.


Macallan distillery food service area

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