New £10m distillery to revive whisky tradition in the Borders

The development in Hawick will be the first distillery in the region for nearly 200 years.

Distillery: An artist's impression of the development. <strong>Gray Macpherson architects</strong>
Distillery: An artist's impression of the development. Gray Macpherson architects

A £10m distillery will be built on a brownfield site in Hawick under plans approved by Scottish Borders Council.

The development on Commercial Road by the Three Stills Company will be the first distillery in the region since 1837.

It chose the disused industrial site for its “proximity to fine barley, plentiful supply of water and the town’s history of manufacturing excellence”.

Water will be taken from the nearby River Teviot for the cooling process, while water from a borehole will used to make the whisky.

The building is one of the only Tudor buildings in Hawick. It will be restored and renovated to house the distillery and a visitor centre, creating an estimated 20 jobs.

The Three Stills Company revealed last year that it had secured £10m funding from investment company Badenoch and Co to redevelop the site.

Announcing the funding, chief executive officer Tim Carton said: “We are excited about our role in rekindling the distilling tradition in the Borders after such a long absence.”

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