at Laverstoke Mill in country Hampshire, 15 miles away from Winchester and 10
miles from Basingstoke, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is in a defence space
with over 1000 years of history. The distillery platforms the care, service
area and originality behind every drop of Bombay Sapphire, and allows guests to
determine the flavours of the botanicals which make Bombay Sapphire gin so
Bombay Sapphire’s culture give a start in 1761 when distiller
Thomas Dakin achieved a location in Warrington, England, with the purpose of
distilling gin. In 1831, the Dakin household purchased a still, and changed it
to separate the bizarre botanicals from the neutral scrap spirit, catching the essences
of the botanicals in the vapour – an artisanal distillation process today known
as Vapour Infusion, and still devotedly used by Bombay Sapphire.
Today, Bombay Sapphire understandingly renewed Laverstoke
Mill into an up-to-date sustainable distillery that represent the ordinary
beauty and industrial heritage of the site. In structure an innovative
distillery at Laverstoke Mill every reasonable effort has been made to confirm
the processes and houses are as sustainable and competent as possible.
less carbon energy delivered by photovoltaic array & hydro-electric turbine
in the River Test providing carbon funds of 38%
-A Biomass boiler
provides heat and hot water using botanical by-products of the distillation
process as a fuel source
required used will be local, sustainably sourced wood chip
-Ash produced by
the biomass boiler is used to fertilise the soil on local farms
construction key building materials, including bricks & roof tiles were
recycled and reused from demolished buildings
and flow restricted water devices specified throughout the site
-Building related Carbon Emissions less than 4kgCO2/m2
The Bombay Sapphire distillery is situated within a
Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in rural
Hampshire. The River Trial streams through the location building exclusive
wetland environment throughout the distillery. The Test is the cleanest
chalk-stream in the UK with numerous native kinds occupying the river including
brown trout, otters, kingfishers, herons, ducks, swans
In refurbishing Laverstoke Mill into a
state-of-the-art distillery, Bombay Sapphire has reserved the greatest care of
the ecology and natural environment of this significant location. Every effort
has been made to protect and meaningfully enhance the site where possible
including the following measures:
temporary re-homing by hand of over 400 fish prior to construction.
temporary re-homing of various bat species.
Bat boxes and roof
access installed in various buildings on site to encourage repopulation.
industrial buildings covering the River Test demolished to enable access to the
river for all distillery guests.
various aquatic plants to encourage further biodiversity along the river.
No water from the
River Test is used during the distillation process.
Fitting of a fish protector
in front of the hydro-electric turbine.
Sapphire tank farm is enclosed to protect the local environment.