The Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has been awarded a BREEAM 2014 Award by the BRE at their annual Ecobuild ceremony. The project is the first distillery and also the first refurbishment to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM design-stage accreditation.

The distillery process buildings designed by GWP Architecture have been awarded an impressive score of 86.81%, one of the highest scores for a BREEAM assessed industrial building.

Barry Rankin Director of GWP Project Services, said: “This accreditation is a tribute to the team. All parties have worked with great care and collaboration to ensure the most cutting-edge sustainable technologies have been woven into the imaginative designs for Laverstoke Mill, and the result will no doubt prove to be a world-class distillery that reflects the values of the Bombay Sapphire gin brand.”

The accolade comes after a careful process that analysed contextual, economic, energy efficiency and technical feasibility complexities around the existing site, which was originally home to a derelict Victorian paper mill that has been extensively restored. The refurbishment of the site also includes the installation of a combination of on-site renewable energy generating systems, such as photovoltaics, a bio-fuelled boiler that will burn organic by-products of the distillation process and 6kW hydro-electric water wheel in the River Test.

The distillery includes a visitor centre and botanical glasshouses designed by Thomas Heatherwick and his team at Heatherwick Studio.

This is the latest award for Barry Rankin and his team at GWP Project Services, who have now picked up 5 BREEAM Awards in the last 6 years, including BREEAM Assessor of the year in 2013.

For further information have a look at the project page.