Eden Mill advances in £8m green distillery project at St Andrews’ Eden Campus
Eden Mill, a whisky and gin distillery based in St Andrews, has marked a significant milestone in its development of a new distillery and visitor centre at the University of St Andrews’ Eden Campus.
The company has completed the first phase of construction of the £8 million project, and a ceremonial event signified the commencement of the second phase.
The construction project, designed by Glasgow-based architects Opfer Logan, is set to conclude in 2024. It is expected to transform the Eden Mill business, promising a state-of-the-art facility for distilling its contemporary Scottish gins and premium single malt Scotch whiskies.
Stella Morse, Eden Mill’s executive chair, said: “This new home is where we will continue producing our contemporary Scottish gins and restart distillation of our premium single Malt Scotch Whiskies, which will be laid down to mature over the coming years.
“Set to become one of Scotland’s iconic distilleries, it will also be a major St Andrews landmark and a Scottish tourist attraction, sitting at the mouth of the River Eden, with views across to the spires and fairways of St Andrews, a town globally renowned as the ‘home of golf’ and famed for its heritage and historic university.”
The project is not only bolstering Scotland’s spirits industry, but it is also expected to create around 40 new jobs, further enhancing the local economy.
Geoff Morris, director of the University of St Andrews Eden Campus, said: “We are delighted that the Eden Mill team will be back at Eden Campus this month and forging ahead with their plans to create a world-class distillery and visitor centre.
“Apart from the high-quality products, we are especially pleased that the company will bring new skills and create local jobs. We will all raise a glass to that!”
Furthermore, the partnership between Eden Mill and the university displays a strong commitment to sustainable practices. The Eden Campus is recognised for its dedication to zero-carbon and sustainable operations, previously winning the Sustainable Development Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards.
Eden Mill’s new facility aligns with these values, with plans to secure its electricity from renewable sources, such as the University of St Andrews’ solar farm. The CO2 produced during the fermentation process will also be captured for later use by the University.
Mr Morris added: “Our aim for Eden Campus is to become carbon neutral in this decade and we are keen to bring businesses here that share this vision. We will be working with Eden Mill and all our tenants to drive down carbon emissions.”
Rennie Donaldson, Eden Mill COO, added: “The new facility is a fantastic opportunity to revolutionise how we produce our gin and whisky and will incorporate as many environmentally friendly features as possible.
“We are committed to working with local contractors and specialists on this renovation project and we can’t wait to open a space that’s versatile, acts as a community hub and practices sustainable distilling methods.”