The GWP Architecture practice in collaboration with Thomas Heatherwick created the Bombay Sapphire’s Laverstoke Mill distillery which was presented at the Ecobuild Conference in London and it received the BREEAM “Outstanding” Award for industrial design.
The project involves the renovation of an abandoned 18th century paper mill and the new design was made with eco-friendly methods and features. The paper mill was used to print banknote paper for the Bank of England and it was located in Hampshire, UK.
Spreading over a surface of 2500 square meters, the distillery was equipped with renewable energy systems with a 100 percent score in the Energy and Management sections and 90% in Water, Materials and Waste sections for the BREEAM award.
The designers stated that “Fundamentally, we believe building such a sustainable distillery makes financial sense, increasing efficiency and long term operational energy and water use savings.” The materials used in the renovation are repurposed building materials when the original parts couldn’t be restored.