Bombay Sapphire achieves a world first

The Bombay Sapphire gin distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has become both the first distillery and first refurbishment to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ design-stage BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) accreditation for its distillery process buildings.

The ‘Outstanding’ design-stage rating given to the distillery process buildings at Laverstoke Mill means the buildings have achieved the highest level of sustainable construction, and are expected to be one of the most environmentally friendly distilleries in the world. The completed distillery will see a 60% reduction in carbon emissions and nearly an 85% improvement over what is required by building regulations. This is as a result of a number of specific technologies incorporated into the distillery’s design, including power generation from the River Test which flows through the site. The Bombay Sapphire distillery process buildings have been awarded an excellent score of 86.81%, the second highest score awarded to an industrial building by BREEAM.

The accolade comes after a careful process that analysed contextual, economic, efficiency and technical feasibility complexities around the site, whilst meeting the specification of building energy efficiency improvements at Laverstoke Mill. The restoration of the site also includes the installation of a combination of on-site renewable energy generating systems, such as power generating photovoltaic cells, a bio-fuelled steam-generating boiler and 6kW hydro-electric water wheel.

The resulting reduction in carbon emissions is particularly striking given that buildings at the site include restored and refurbished Victorian Mill buildings, some of which are Grade II listed (designated as being particularly important and of special interest and protected by UK law), within a Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Emma Johansson, Global Marketing Manager for Bombay Sapphire said: “We are immensely proud of achieving this ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM accreditation. This rating, from the world’s most highly respected environmental assessment method, is a testament to all the care, skill and imagination that has ensured this distillery is built with sustainability at its very core. Bombay Sapphire aims to seamlessly fuse the modern requirements of a premium distillery with the original features of the rich heritage of Laverstoke Mill.”

The distillery is set to open in autumn 2013, and is being built on a two hectare brown-field site, near the grounds of Laverstoke Park, just 60 miles from London. For 200 years, the site produced high quality paper for the bank notes of India and the British Empire. The site is steeped in natural beauty, astride the crystal clear River Test, and historically associated with producing the finest quality product through care and skill.

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