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Guinness, Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan, Smirnoff, Baileys, Bells and some twenty five single malts including Lagavulin and Glendullan make up just some of the sixty leading drinks brands of industry giants Diageo. Production facilities include 27 malt distilleries, 2 grain distilleries, bottling plants and storage facilities.

Created by the merger of Grand Metropolitan PLC and Guinness PLC in 1997, Diageo is now investing £150m in new, high quality storage units at its Cluny Bond development near Kirkcaldy, Fife.

Using standardised designs, a number of the 2,000m² warehouses have been completed, as well as the site's office, gatehouse, welfare building and car/HGV parking, with the remainder of the 46 units well under way. Creating a total development of a whopping 276,000m², each unit will be able to store up to 60,000 casks, suggesting a total capacity of around 2.75m casks.

Each cask will be held onsite for between 3 to 12 years depending on the product. Once matured, the bulk of the whisky is returned to the Diageo bottling plant at Leven.

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Planning permission was achieved back in 2012 for the site, previously a mixture of agricultural and partially unused reclaimed opencast quarrying land. Identified in a report by Fife Council, the topography meant that there was, 'surprisingly little impact on the landscape as viewed from the public places around the site'. This was no doubt helped by the low roof and choice of a Vandyke Brown finish.

To combat overheating through solar gain, Euroclad employed the highly innovative Beckry®Therm thermal control coating on its roofing package, installed by Hathaway, based in Bishop Auckland. Although, in the visible spectrum, the roof appears Vandyke Brown, at infrared levels the coating appears almost white, reflecting a significant amount of solar energy and thus helping to stabilise temperatures.

Diageo's Operations Director for warehouse and blending, Harry Fox, said of the opening of the Cluny Bond complex, "Over the next few months we will be transporting thousands of casks of Scotch Whisky for storage here, where they will be locked away and left to mature before making their way to the 180 countries around the world where the demand for Diageo's brands is growing on a daily basis."


Location Kirkcaldy
Architect Blyth and Blyth
Installer Hathaway
System Profile Roof
Material Aluminium
Colours Van Dyke Brown

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