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Dram good news - new whisky distillery receives planning approval from Inverclyde Council

Glasgow, 2 March 2017 - Inverclyde Council has approved plans for a new £12 million distillery and visitor centre on Ardgowan Estate near Inverkip, 30 miles west of Glasgow.

The council green light means the Ardgowan Distillery Company can now advance their proposal to build a world-class lowland malt whisky distillery and visitor attraction on the estate, with plans to be operational in 2019.

Throughout the planning process, the distillery was advised by JLL, who managed all planning negotiations, including liaising with officials from Inverclyde Council.

Martin McAdam, the distillery's chief executive said: "In the coming weeks we will commence detailed design and procurement work for the construction of the distillery, and this will give us the opportunity to engage with local businesses and the public in order to develop our plan and start to employ the staff that will be engaged during the construction and operational stage.

"We have a tremendous team on board and have appreciated the expert planning advice received throughout the planning process from the team at JLL. We are now looking for our next round of investors who can join us on this very exciting journey. Our goal is to produce a truly outstanding seven year old lowland single malt."

Brigid Ryan, senior planning consultant with JLL added: "This was an incredibly exciting project to work on, expanding our expertise into yet another sector. The distillery itself will bring positive economic benefits to the Inverclyde area."

Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart of Ardgowan Estate added: "The Ardgowan Distillery will be a fantastic new chapter in the history of this area, and all future drams will have these extraordinary bloodlines – from both Scotland and the United States – in their veins."

Work on the £12million distillery will begin this year, and will see the construction of a state-of-the-art facility on the site of an old sawmill at the former Bankfoot Farm near Inverkip.  

The new distillery will resurrect the name of the Ardgowan Distillery, which was founded in 1896 and located in Baker Street, Greenock. After a few years of whisky production, the distillery was used to make grain spirit and industrial alcohol until it was destroyed in the May Blitz of 1941.

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