The new distillery

Macallan: a tour of the distillery in the running to be named UK's best new building

As the 'high-tech and futuristic' Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience in Speyside is named in the running to be named Britain's best new building, we take a closer look at this incredible new facility.

The £140 million state-of-the-art facility, which opened in summer last year, is going up against a cork house, an opera theatre and a council estate to take the crown. Here is what it looks like inside and out.

The building is made up of five peaks that represent the rolling hills of Speyside.

1. The distillery's undulating roof

The building is made up of five peaks that represent the rolling hills of Speyside.
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The roof has been carpeted with 14,000 m2 of meadow  including 10cm of soil and an irrigation system  which has been seeded with a mix of indigenous grasses and wildflowers.

2. The distillery has a key focus on sustainability

The roof has been carpeted with 14,000 m2 of meadow including 10cm of soil and an irrigation system which has been seeded with a mix of indigenous grasses and wildflowers.
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The entrance doesn't really give much away to visitors about what to expect.

3. The long path to the entrance

The entrance doesn't really give much away to visitors about what to expect.
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This gives the impression of almost going underground.

4. The pathway narrows into a small entrance

This gives the impression of almost going underground.
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