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Lindores Abbey

Client: Lindores Abbey Distillery
Project: Distillery Visitor Experience

Brief
Create a visitor experience within the new Lindores Abbey Distillery, located on the nationally significant site of Lindores Abbey, on the south side of the River Tay.

Response
We worked with the team to create a truly warm, welcoming and hospitable experience. One that combines the extraordinary story of the abbey and its historic connection with distilling along with the rebirth of whisky making on the site.

At the heart of the design approach was the concept of innovation and exploration. This ties very closely with the original ethos of the Tironesion Monks who were great innovators in all aspects of their lives. From their innovation in agriculture to the distillation of Aqua Vitae.

The design draws upon many historical references, translating these through modern interpretation that provides an experience unlike any other distillery. The main interpretive area is modelled around a modern cloister. Featuring an extraordinary 16m long oak table crafted locally, this space is both a sensory exhibition experience and a unique dining environment.

Original stone artefacts from the Abbey ruins that have been found during the initial building works are incorporated as features within the new interior of the visitor centre, adding to the historical integrity of the redevelopment.

The project team, led by Organic Architects was very tight knit. The short timeline and complexity of working within an historic building and site required all parties to work swiftly and in a collaborative way.

Lindores Abbey Distillery is unique. Nowhere else offers a distillery experience, alongside the opportunity to explore abbey grounds which have such a remarkable place in Scotland’s history, with connections to William Wallace and other notable characters.

Within a year of opening the distillery has been awarded VisitScotland’s coveted 5-Star rating. It has also won the Silver Medal for Distillery Experience of the Year in the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge.

What we did:
• Interpretive Planning
• Interpretive Design
• Graphic Design
• Copywriting
• External / internal wayfinding signage
• Project and build management
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