The Bombay Sapphire Distillery and Process Buildings, at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, are linked and closely related existing buildings that have been subject to major refurbishment. This has transformed a former Victorian Paper Mill into the new home of Bombay Sapphire Gin, which includes a visitors’ centre and bar.
The five acre Laverstoke Mill is a complex site that includes Grade II listed buildings in a conservation area, a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and a section of the River Test, which flows directly through the site. Central to the 2500m2 distillery are three still houses, which accommodate traditional copper stills that use renewable energy from a biomass boiler, photovoltaic array and hydro-electric turbine. The scheme was the first ever refurbishment project to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, anywhere in the world. It is also the first distillery to be BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certified.
“Sustainability is vitally important to Bombay Sapphire. It runs through all that we do, and has underpinned allof our plans for the distillery. As such, we were delighted to achieve an outstanding BREEAM design stage accreditation for the distillery process buildings. BREEAM has kept sustainability high up the agenda and has provided a benchmarking mechanism that feeds into our corporate sustainability policy and key performance indicators. Fundamentally, we also believe building such a sustainable distillery makes financial sense, increasing efficiency and long term operational energy and water use savings, which is why we are heating our glass houses using recovered heat from the distillery and using our spent botanicals to partially fuel our Biomass boiler.”
BREEAM version: Industrial 2008 v4.0
Stage: Design Stage
BREEAM rating: Outstanding
Sustainability was vitally important to Bombay Sapphire at Laverstoke Mill. The design of a low carbon, BREEAM assessed, flagship distillery underpinned the design brief, which was supported by the client and design team from the outset.
There was a strong desire to reduce any impact on the existing environment, and ‘cradle to grave’ considerations formed a major part of the design philosophy. This included the recycling and reuse of existing building materials from demolished buildings across the site, and an ingenious idea to reuse spent botanicals from the distillation process as fuel for the biomass boiler – supplying heat and hot water to the whole site.
The use of cutting edge technologies was encouraged by the client. This has seen a multi-functional renewable energy strategy implemented – including a 6kW hydro-electric turbine located in the River Test.
Arguably the most impressive element has been the level of consultation and social responsibility adopted by the design and construction teams. In addition to engagement with a host of local and national bodies, there has been extensive community involvement. This has seen local residents build up a strong relationship with the construction works, which played host to local parish council meetings and local/national media events.
The key environmental features of the site include:
The project scored 100% of available credits in the Energy and Management categories and more than 90% of credits in the Water, Materials and Waste categories. There was an additional 5% worth of innovation credits scored for exemplar performance levels achieved.
Client: Bacardi Martini / Bombay Spirits Company
Project Architect: GWP Architecture
Lead Designer: Heatherwick Studio
Contract Manager: Meller
MEP: Couch Perry Wilkes
Civil Engineer: Graham Schofield Associates
Process Engineer: Alectia
BREEAM Assessor: GWP Project Services
Images: Heatherwick Studio