Donald Malcolm Heritage Centre

The Donald Malcolm Heritage Centre was built in tribute to Donald Malcolm founder of the WH Malcolm Group in order to house and display a number of fully operational trucks from the last 60 years of the companies road transport history. The Centre is built within the grounds of the WH Malcolm headquarters site in Linwood, Glasgow.

Location: Linwood, Glasgow
Client: WH Malcolm
Cost: £2m
Completion: 2019

Blyth & Blyth were appointed to design the mechanical and electrical services installations for a new build extension, doubling the size of the event space.

Heating & ventilation comprised oil fired warm air heaters with destratification fans and roof mounted extract ventilation.

General space lighting comprised low bay Led fittings to match existing style and twin head beam emergency lighting.

Small power was provided for all plant and equipment together with general socket provision throughout.

Key challenges

When we commenced the design and subsequently submitted for Building Warrant, we soon discovered that the original building had been built without a warrant.  This meant that Blyth & Blyth had to check and adapt the original building services in order to achieve overall compliance.  This was done against a very tight timeframe and as an area of the building had been sub-divided and let to a third party, work was required within an occupied area.

A further challenge for the M&E design was to try and utilise the existing utility supplies without the need to upgrade.  This meant utilising low energy LED lighting, and replacing existing light fittings in order to minimise the load.  The existing oil tanks were re-used however it was acknowledged that they would require more frequent topping up.


The building extension was completed on time and within budget and hosted its first official event day’s after completion.  The extension now houses several more recent additions to the WH Malcom fleet of vehicles and is often used for corporate events and parties.  The environmental conditions as designed by Blyth & Blyth are helping to provide a very comfortable and enjoyable guest experience.

“Edrington have worked with Blyth and Blyth for the past 15 years on various projects throughout the group and during this time we have developed a close and trusting partnership. B&B offer the full range of engineering services, allowing us to have a one stop shop on engineering consultancy requirements, with the obvious benefits this brings. B&B experience in the whisky industry is second to none which has the double benefit of not wasting time and money having to explain the process each time. As said previously, Edrington have been working with B&B for more than15 years and with a fair wind this relationship will continue for a further 15 years and beyond.”

George McKenzie Engineering Director, The Edrington Group