Macallan – New Filling and Disgorging, Cooperage and Office, Lab, and Welfare Facilities

To meet with increased production demands, Edrington required and new Disgorging and Filling facility on site at the Macallan Distillery. As a site within the Macallan Estate had been developed for Maturation Warehousing, and due to the adjacency of these 2 activities a site within the Warehouse complex was identified for this.

Location: Aberlour
Client: Edrington
Cost: £50m
Completion: August 2018

Blyth & Blyth were appointed as Lead Consultant to undertake the Civil, Structural and Building Services design associated with this project.

Working closely with the Process Engineers a layout was developed for the new Disgorging and Filling Store along with associated external Tank Farm, Process Building and Tanker loading bays.

The Client also required a Cooperage to be incorporated into the development, and this was designed to be an extension to the Filling/Disgorging facility.

New Welfare facilities were also included within the scope of works and these include offices, meeting rooms, canteen, toilets, and shower/changing/locker facilities.

Key challenges

One of the key challenges of the project were the coordination of the Process requirements into the Building design, to ensure that the installation phase of the project was coordinated, and the process equipment installed in conjunction with the Build sequence.

Also, the design required to be developed to ensure that the layout worked with the operational requirements of the building, and this required close liaison with the end users and operators to ensure the layout meet their requirements.


The new Disgorging and Filling store, very quickly after testing and Commissioning achieved its designed through put, and operated in line with the Client’s expectations and in accordance with the design Brief.

“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