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Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - By LOUISE HOUS­TON

A NEW £10 mil­lion whisky dis­tillery, vis­i­tor cen­tre and restau­rant is to be built on the banks of the River Clyde.

The Dou­glas Laing & Co de­vel­op­ment at Pa­cific Quay in Glas­gow will be the com­pany’s first ded­i­cated site hav­ing pre­vi­ously used dis­tillers across the coun­try to make its blends.

Wa­ter will be piped to the com­plex from Loch Ka­trine, the source of Glas­gow’s wa­ter sup­ply, and 300 tonnes of bar­ley will be brought in from Scot­tish farms to cre­ate whiskies such as Old Par­tic­u­lar, Ti­morous Beastie and The King of Scots.

It is hoped the dis­tillery will boost global ex­ports for Dou­glas Laing and the com­pany said its work­force will al­most tre­ble from 22 to 60 staff.

The de­vel­op­ment will in­clude an ur­ban craft dis­tillery, vis­i­tor cen­tre, bot­tling plant, bar and bistro as well as the com­pany’s head of­fice.

The ear­marked site is owned by Scot­tish En­ter­prise and Dou­glas Laing hopes the dis­tillery will be op­er­a­tional by the end of 2018.

Cara Laing, whisky di­rec­tor and grand-daugh­ter of founder Dou­glas Laing, said: “Un­til now, we have de­pended on third-party com­pa­nies for our pro­duc­tion re­quire­ments.

“These work­ing as­so­ci­a­tions have been and still are in­valu­able, but now we feel it’s time to be more in con­trol of our own destiny .

“We have long held this am­bi­tion for the com­pany to op­er­ate its own dis­tillery and bot­tling op­er­a­tion.

“We are proud of our Glas­gow her­itage and the com­pany, founded and based in the city, are de­lighted to an­nounce this project on the banks of the Clyde; in the heart of Glas­gow.

“It will bring whisky dis­till­ing back to the south side of the city and will cre­ate wel­come jobs, gen­er­ate sig­nif­i­cant ad­di­tional high-value ex­ports and, hope­fully, be­come an ad­di­tional tourist at­trac­tion to the city.”

The project is be­ing funded by pri­vate money and an £855,000 Scot­tish Govern­ment grant through the food pro­cess­ing mar­ket­ing and co-op­er­a­tion scheme.

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The Dou­glas Laing & Co de­vel­op­ment at Pa­cific Quay. Be­low, Cara Laing, Danny MacLen­nan, Fred Laing and Chris Leg­gat from Laings

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