The Bombay Sapphire gin distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has received the BREEAM Award for Industrial Design. Last year, it became the first refurbishment to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ design-stage BREEAM accreditation.
The Mill, which was previously used to produce watermarked banknote paper for the Bank of England, is situated within a
Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in rural Hampshire.
As part of the refurbishment of the 2,500 square metre site, Bombay Sapphire Distillery recycled building materials from demolished buildings; retained over 80% of the buildings’ existing structure and facades; used responsibly sourced materials where possible; and enhanced the ecological value of the site through native species planting and the re-design of the riverbank.
Another key consideration is the Mill’s use of renewable and low carbon energy, which has led to a 38% reduction in carbon emissions. These include a biomass boiler that burns by-products from the distilling process; photo-voltaic panels on the roof; and a hydro-electric turbine in the River Test. Excess heat from the distillation process maintains the temperature in each of the glasshouses.