Falkirk's Rosebank Distillery work part of multimillion £ restoration

Rope access repair work has begun at Rosebank Distillery in Falkirk as the facility moves ever-closer to its long-awaited reopening.

By Jonathon Reilly
Wednesday, 18th November 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th November 2020, 9:07 am

Brickwork on the site’s chimney is being patched up as part of an extensive, multi-million £ restoration project which is expected to be completed next summer.

The work is being carried out by Edinburgh firm SG Access Solutions Ltd, which has previously done maintenance work on The Kelpies.

Paul Smith, SG Access Solutions operations manager, said: “We’re doing remedial repairs and some render repairs on the chimney.

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Rosebank Distillery's chimney is undergoing repairs by rope access contractors SG Access Solutions Ltd. Picture: Michael Gillen.

“The work’s been going on for a few days. We’ve got four doing operative climbing and two in rescue positions.”

The return of Rosebank Distillery started in earnest last November when ground was officially broken and work commenced at the site, which lies on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal.

New owner Ian Macleod Distillers plans to open the iconic distillery’s doors to the public and begin production once again from the middle of 2021.

Falkirk's Rosebank Distillery is set to reopen next summer. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Rosebank Distillery has been dormant for a quarter of a century, having ceased production in 1993 when former owner UDV – now known as Diageo – mothballed the site and its maltings were converted into a restaurant.

It was feared the whisky, one of the most respected and sought-after Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whiskies in the world and often referred to as the King of the Lowlands, would be gone forever, until Ian Macleod Distillers acquired the Rosebank brand and its last remaining stocks in October 2017.

The company was granted permission to revive the distillery in January 2019.

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SG Access Solutions Ltd is carrying out repairs to the brickwork on the chimney of Rosebank Distillery, Falkirk. Picture: Michael Gillen.

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