The decision to end the connection betweeen the world’s biggest selling whisky, Johnnie Walker, and its spiritual home in Kilmarnock was one that sent shockwaves around the whisky world and beyond.
Despite rallies by workers and political interventions, Diageo pressed ahead with the closure of its bottling plant at the site in 2012 ending a link which began 192 years ago when John “Johnnie” Walker started selling the drink in his grocer’s shop in the town.
The site has now been demolished with the drinks giant gifting ten acres to Kilmarnock College for a new campus which is currently under construction.
The remainder of the site is to be developed into a hub focused on start-up businesses with plans also in place for an all-weather venue for sporting events, conferences and entertainment.
Urban explorer website Transient Places was able to gain access to the bottling plant before its demolition.