Hawick distillery has designs on excellence – The Borders Distillery in Hawick is back in celebratory mode after landing a second major award.
It has been listed alongside the best in the Scottish Borders in the Borders Building Design Awards for 2018.
The distillery building’s eye catching restoration, led by architects Gray Macpherson of Edinburgh, won the award in the Existing Buildings Commercial category.
The firm worked closely with the team at The Three Stills Company to develop a modern open plan building that incorporated original industrial features all the trappings of a modern distillery.
The citation presented by Scottish Borders Council reads: “This is an imaginative and sensitive conversion of an unused listed building which had previously been on the Buildings at Risk Register. It represents a bold vision and a significant investment which not only brings back the buildings into use but also makes a real contribution to the regeneration of Commercial Road.”
Distillery founder John Fordyce said: “It was a building with a lot of industrial heritage that had definitely seen better days when we took it on. We have introduced a very modern feel to the building while paying due respect to its origins and its industrial contribution to the town.”
The distillery building occupies the site of the former Hawick Electric Company and was latterly used for the manufacture of industrial radiators. Original features that have been retained include an internal factory pulley system and the lead welded windows – all adding to the pleasure of a tour of the building.
Celebrating success: John Fordyce and Annie Macpherson (above) at the Borders Distillery.