Site named as one of world's most sustainable distilleries ahead of
opening in Autumn 2013, creating a sustainable site to continue to
produce a perfectly balanced premium gin
LONDON, March 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has become both the
first distillery and first refurbishment to achieve an 'Outstanding'
design-stage BREEAM (Building Research Establishment's Environmental
Assessment Method) accreditation for its distillery process buildings.
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BREEAM is the world's leading and most widely used environmental
assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice
in sustainable design and has become the measurement used to describe a
building's environmental performance. To achieve this design-stage
accreditation, the project is assessed using a system of environmental
measures grouped by management, health and well-being, energy,
transport, water, materials, waste, land use and ecology, pollution,
The 'Outstanding' design-stage rating given to the distillery process
buildings at Laverstoke Mill will be validated upon completion when the
final certification will be awarded. The buildings have achieved the
highest level of sustainable construction, and are expected to be one
of the most environmentally friendly distilleries in the world. The
completed distillery will see a 60% reduction in carbon emissions and
nearly an 85% improvement over what is required by building
The Bombay Sapphire distillery process buildings have been awarded an excellent score of
86.81%, the second highest score awarded to an industrial building by
BREEAM. This is as a result of a number of specific technologies
incorporated into the distillery's design, including power generation
from the River Test which flows through the site, the installation of a combination of on-site renewable energy
generating systems, such as photovoltaics, a bio-fuelled boiler and 6kW
hydro-electric water wheel.
The resulting reduction in carbon emissions is particularly striking
given that buildings at the site include restored and refurbished
Victorian Mill buildings, some of which are Grade II listed (designated
as being particularly important and of special interest and protected
by UK law), within a Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific
Emma Johansson, Global Marketing Manager, Bombay Sapphire said: "We are immensely proud of achieving this 'Outstanding' BREEAM
accreditation. This rating, from the world's most highly respected
environmental assessment method, is a testament to all the care, skill
and imagination that has ensured this distillery is built with
sustainability at its very core."
Martin Townsend, Director at BREEAM, BRE Global, said: "BREEAM sets the
standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction
and operation and is the world's foremost environmental assessment
method. We are very happy that the Bombay Sapphire team has achieved this 'Outstanding' design-stage certification - this
is one of the highest scores under BREEAM and a first in the drinks
industry. It is particularly impressive given this is a conversion of
an existing building."
For more information visit: Bombay Sapphire and Laverstoke Mill.
Notes to editors
About Bombay Sapphire
Bombay Sapphire gin is the world's fastest-growing major gin brand by volume and value. Based on a secret 1761 recipe, Bombay Sapphire gin is created by perfectly balancing a unique combination of 10
hand-selected exotic botanicals from around the world. The natural
flavours of the botanicals are captured through a delicate distillation
process called Vapour Infusion which results in the tantalising, smooth
and complex taste that is Bombay Sapphire.
Enjoy Bombay Sapphire responsibly. Bombay Sapphire and Infused with Imagination are trademarks.
Rating granted in accordance with 2008 BREEAM criteria.
Regulations as specified in Building Regulations Part L 2010. Figures are design calculations and will need to be verified based upon the
actual performance once building reaches completion. Substantial
efforts have been made to calculate these figures to as accurate a
basis as possible.
An SSSI site is legally protected to conserve British wildlife,
geological and physiographical heritage, and any activity on such a
site requires approval
Data sourced from International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR), for the
12 months to the end of December 2011
Major brands are those that feature the top 5 by volume and value
globally. Full results available on request.
SOURCE: Bombay Sapphire
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