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The Brief.

The client wanted a modern facility and visitor centre that would not only help them to meet growing demand for their single malt whisky but would complement the setting.


What we did

The architect, therefore designed a modular building with an undulating green roof to help the building blend within the surrounding countryside. Composed of a timber grid-structure, the 12,000 m2 double-curved roof, which features five mounds to accommodate the distillery’s five production cells, is one of the largest wildflower roofs in Europe, which Sky Garden still maintains.

  • The bespoke seed mix was sown at our production site in the heart of the Cotswolds
  • The mounds were broken into squares based on their pitch.
  • Areas between 12 and 19 degrees had a soil retention layer incorporated into the system.
  • Areas that were pitched at 20 degrees and above had two layers of the soil retention component
  • The size, complexity, location and prestige of the project required an unprecedented level of project management throughout the process of installing the green roof system at The Macallan distillery.

The result

Since 1824 The Macallan has stood for premium quality, craftsmanship and luxury. The eye-catching roof for their distillery and visitor centre certainly instils these brand qualities. The 12,300m² green roof was challenging throughout the project, but Sky Garden can be proud of the final result their hard work produced.

, Managing Director mcmillan distillery