Roof of £140m project ’one of most complicated in world’

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners has completed its £140m distillery and visitor centre in Scotland for whisky brand The Macallan.

The practice landed the project, for one of Scotland’s oldest whiskies, against a shortlist that is believed to have included Foster & Partners, Herzog & de Meuron and David Adjaye.

The complex has been built at the Easter Elchies estate in Speyside and features an undulating timber roof that is made up of 380,000 individual components.It is said to be one of the most complicated timber roof structures in the world.

RSHP_The Macallan still house

Graham Stirk, senior partner and lead architect at Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, said: “The Macallan estate truly is a special place; a place we have come to love and respect hugely. The vision was always ambitious but this enabled us to challenge our own thinking to create something so dramatic and awe-inspiring.”

Distilling at the site began last December with the visitor centre set to open its doors next weekend.