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Article published 11/07/2023

A press release from St Andrews based contemporary whisky and gin distillery, Eden Mill, has announced a key milestone in their extensive multi-million-pound construction of a striking new extended distillery and visitor centre on the banks of the River Eden.

A special ceremony between Eden Mill and the University of St Andrews has taken place to mark the move to the second phase of construction. This will result in the distillery becoming fully operational, as well as the creation of a stunning new gin and whisky visitor experience which will guide people through the spirit-making process. This will showcase to visitors how Eden Mill craft their award winning single malts and craft gins.

Alongside the tours, guests will be able to browse a retail store and relax in the café overlooking the beautiful Eden Estuary.

Located at the University of St Andrews’ Eden Campus, the site is dedicated to zero-carbon and sustainable businesses and research firms. Work began on the distillery in early 2022 and once it's complete Eden Mill will be a major new Scottish landmark. The distillery will overlook the historic and famous town of St Andrews.

The distillery has a further development at Eden Mill’s existing site, which is a campus managed by the University of St Andrews. The University has regenerated the brownfield site and it has been re-designated as a campus of special interest to its sustainability goals.

The Eden Campus is to become a hub for collaboration within the private sector, to develop new, sustainable technologies. For example, CO2 conversion into fuel and hydrogen-based energy systems. The campus is also designed to become a "living lab" where low-carbon technology and net zero living is demonstrated in real life.

The campus won the Sustainable Development Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards. Eden Mill has partnered with the University of St Andrews to build the distillery on this site.

Eden Mill has been working closely with the University over the last year on the construction of the distillery. The striking contemporary building is now in place and its magnificent structure and glass windows clearly visible from St Andrews to Guardbridge.

three people sitting around a tableStella Morse (Executive Chair at Eden Mill), Rennie Donaldson (COO at Eden Mill) and Derek Watson (Quaestor and Factor at the University of St Andrews)

Prioritising their ambition to be carbon neutral

Eden Mill Distillery will prioritise its ambition to be carbon neutral using sustainable build materials. Once operational, it will secure all its electricity from renewable sources, such as the University of St Andrews’ solar farm. In addition to this, the CO2 produced during the fermentation process will also be captured for later use by the University.

The distillery has been designed by Glasgow-based architects Opfer Logan as a unique space dedicated to sustainable business practice and research. The distillery is set to open in 2024.

Read the full press release and find out more about Eden Mill on their website.

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