Eden Mill submits plans for multi-million-pound visitor experience in Guardbridge
Guardbridge-based gin distiller Eden Mill has submitted plans to build a £4 million premium visitor experience at its headquarters in the Fife village.
Eden Mill hoped to develop its distillery and brewery into the former paper mill buildings at St Andrews University’s Eden Campus in Guardbridge.
The firm hopes that the centre will attract thousands of visitors per year, with a dedicated minibus service being created to carry visitors to and from St Andrews for organised groups taking part in gin and whisky tasting tours.
The application to Fife Council also included plans for a new visitor centre, a cafe/bar, shop, presentation room and a VIP tasting area on the top floor of the distillery.
Planning permission in principle was granted in 2014 for the redevelopment of the former paper mill for University (class 10) and business-related uses. This application will supersede the former for the change of use and internal fit-out of the distillery/brewery to include a visitor centre comprising of retail, cafe, tour and tasting areas.
Eden Mill anticipates 40% of visitors to the distillery will arrive at weekends, with a peak weekly figure of 1,500 visitors expected in the summer months. It is expected that the council will consider the plans over the coming months.
Images courtesy of Opfer Logan Architects.