• The Lakes Distillery signage
  • The Lakes Distillery Gate
  • The Lakes Distillery Exterior
  • The Lakes Distillery
  • The Lakes Distillery Interior
  • The Lakes Distillery Interior
  • The Lakes Distillery Detail
  • The Lakes Distillery Detail
  • The Lakes Distillery Interior
  • The Lakes Distillery Interior
  • The Lakes Distillery Interior
  • The Lakes Distillery Detail
Project Date:
April
Client Name:
The Lakes Distillery
Value:
£6m
Awards:
2016 - RICS award for building conservation.
2016 - RICS award for tourism and leisure.
2015 - LABC Northern and Grand Finals award winner for best small commercial building.
2015 - LABC Northern award winner for best change of use to an existing building or conversion.
Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria

The practice were involved in all project stages to re-design and restore a former 1850s Victorian Model Farm into the first whiskey distillery in the Lake District National Park for over 100 years.

Working closely with the client and the Lake District National Park, all of the existing farm buildings were completely renovated and restored utilising traditional building skills and natural materials to form a distillery, shop, bistro and visitor centre. The secular and gothic themes of, ‘faith, hope, luck and love’ were inspired by some of the original stone quatrefoil details inset within the original farm buildings. These details and shapes were retained and embraced throughout the scheme.

Located next to Bassenthwaite Lake, the Lakes Distillery opened in December 2014. It is the now the largest whiskey distillery in England, producing malt whiskey, gin and vodka. Their brands have already won prestigious international awards, and are marketed throughout Europe and Asia.

In addition to producing spirits, the visitor centre and bistro are proving to be extremely popular and are set to be one of the most popular visitor attractions of the Lake District.