We are delighted to announce that planning approval has been received for the new Visitor Centre and VIP Suite at Glencadam Distillery, Brechin. jmarchitects have been working closely with our client, Angus Dundee Distillers since 2019 and have developed a proposal that brings a rich visitor experience to the historic whisky site.

Glencadam began production in 1825 and is now the only single malt Scotch whisky distillery in the county of Angus. The new Visitor Centre will provide a shop, exhibition space, tasting rooms, a whisky lounge, and a café and function room on the first floor.

An architectural landmark of many distilleries are the pagoda roofs of the malt kilns, known as Doig Ventilators, a key feature at Glencadam twice over the Distillery’s long history before they were tragically destroyed by fire. The proposal will seek to form a vernacular language utilising a robust yet dignified palette of materials to create variety in elevational approach and character.

The architecture of the visitor centre seeks to draw on the traditional roof forms of the Glencadam Distillery, reinterpreting the ‘Doig Ventilators’ as skylights providing natural light and ventilation to the space inside. A stone façade to complement the existing structure wraps around the building drawing on the site’s rich heritage.

Credit: Paul Smith, jmarchitects Glasgow

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