Visionary designer Thomas Heatherwick to restore historic site into
distillery and visitor center for iconic gin brand
LONDON, July 24, 2012 /CNW/ - BOMBAY SAPPHIRE(R) gin, the world's number
one premium gin by value, unveils plans for its distillery in
Laverstoke Mill, Hampshire. The project is a multi-million pound
restoration of the historic buildings which housed one of England's
most significant bank note paper making facilities. The design imagined
for the site is headed by acclaimed London designer Thomas Heatherwick
and the Heatherwick Studio. The site will be completely renovated from
a derelict mill into a state of the art premium gin distillery and
visitor centre encompassing the highest standards in design,
functionality and sustainability.
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The distillery will be built on a two hectare brown-field site, near the
grounds of Laverstoke Park, just 60 miles from London. For 200 years,
the site produced high quality paper for the bank notes for India and
the British Empire. The site is steeped in natural beauty, astride the
crystal clear River Test - and historically associated with producing
the finest quality product through the care and skill of those who
owned it and worked there. The newly renovated site will be the first
opportunity the public has to discover the home of this iconic spirits
The ambition for the project restores the buildings, grounds and its
heritage, while introducing a new structure that will complement the
existing buildings, as a showcase of the brand's intrinsic quality that
reflects the aspirations of the Bombay Sapphire brand. The highlight of
the complex build is the glass house for Bombay Sapphire gin's 10
botanicals. As a major feature of Laverstoke Mill, the glass house is a
symbol of the brand's careful, skillful and imaginative approach to gin
Heatherwick comments on the design: "As the particular flavours of
Bombay Sapphire gin are derived from ten botanicals, the centrepiece of
the site is a glass house, within which visitors will experience the
specific horticultural specimens infused in the spirit. The glass
house, influenced by Britain's rich heritage of glass house structures,
will be two separate structures providing both a humid environment for
spices that originate from the tropics, as well as a dry temperate zone
for Mediterranean plants. We are thrilled to have the chance to take
this historic site, and turn it from its current derelict state into a
new industrial facility with national significance."
The 10 year relationship between the brand and Thomas Heatherwick
started when he was crowned the inaugural winner of the Bombay Sapphire
Prize - an international award for excellence and innovation in glass.
He then joined the Bombay Sapphire Foundation, which encourages and
rewards the best in contemporary design and glass design in particular.
In 2010, he was approached by the Bombay Sapphire team to design the
brand home in Laverstoke.
Bombay Sapphire Global Category Director John Burke adds: "It's a very
exciting time for the Bombay Sapphire team, especially now that we're
seeing our plan for Laverstoke Mill come into fruition. With tradition,
quality and craftsmanship at the heart of the site's heritage, we can
finally look forward to opening our doors to consumers worldwide and
share with them the care, skill and imagination that is infused in the
spirit we produce. Bombay Sapphire gin has experienced great success
and growth over the last 10 years and with the opening of the brand's
home and consumer experience, we are very optimistic for next decade."
In February 2012, planning permission was granted and the build process
is now underway and managed by Meller Ltd, with a goal the distillery
will open its doors in autumn 2013.
Meller Managing Director, Graham Cartledge adds: "Meller is proud to be
leading the development of Laverstoke Mill into a world class
production facility and unique visitors centre."
 Data sourced from International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR), for
the 12 months to the end of December 2010.
About Bombay Sapphire
] is the world's fastest growing premium gin and number one premium gin
by 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 gin.
Bombay Sapphire - INFUSED WITH IMAGINATIONTM
Bombay Sapphire [http://www.facebook.com/BombaySapphire ] aims to
inspire people into expanding their minds, thinking differently to
reveal more about themselves and their Imaginations. The Bombay
Sapphire team believes everyone has imagination and therefore aims to
give everyone the opportunity to be inspired, and to infuse their
imagination with Bombay Sapphire.
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