Hypostyle Architects Glasgow Edinburgh

Clydeside Distillery, Glasgow

Contract Value: £4,275,000

Gross Internal Area: 1600 square meters

Client: Tim Morrison


The Clydeside Distillery was designed to provide a compelling visitor experience and boutique single malt distillery on the banks of the River Clyde in the heart of Glasgow. The project reinforces the series of attractions which exist along the riverside between the city centre and Kelvingrove.

The project was born from a passion for Scotch Whisky. Client Tim Morrison had identified that Glasgow, despite its historic link to the development of Scotch Whisky as a global brand, had no remaining malt distilleries or attractions to celebrate the product or educate visitors on the city’s rich history.

The brief exceeded that of a traditional distillery. The visitor experience was paramount, and the desire was to create a brand-independent suite of visitor facilities and extensive exhibition space as a hub for the education and promotion of Scotch Whisky in the city.

The choice of site at the entrance to the Queens Dock, the staging point from where Scotch Whisky would have been exported around the globe, was courageous given the public scrutiny, financial implications posed by the high-profile location, site conditions and the risks inherent in the restoration of a listed building.