Planners says ‘slainte’ to The Quiet Man as Hamilton Architects of Derry, Northern Ireland, win contract to design new craft distillery and visitors centre

Hamilton’s design for a £12m craft distillery and visitors centre for Niche Drinks in the Maiden City has been approved by Derry & Strabane District Council.

This unique development links three historic buildings on the Ebrington military barracks site with new sections to accommodate the first distillation of The Quiet Man whiskey onsite in the first quarter of 2018.

“Ebrington is a landmark site with huge historical significance, so this was a particularly challenging project,” said architect Michael Boyle. “A careful approach was required to preserve the integrity of existing buildings while creating a design fit for a modern business.

“For example, the Starfort Wall, which abutted the site, had to remain untouched, yet blend in with the final design. This was achieved by incorporating the new sections using a steel frame, planar glazing and corten cladding.”

The plan, which was backed by local politicians, ultimately achieved full planning permission, full listed building consent and full scheduled monument permission.

Currently, The Quiet Man is produced using third-party sourced liquid, with the stocks matured by Niche Drinks. When it gets going, however, the site will produce malt whiskey with a total capacity of 500,000 litres of pure alcohol per year.

Ciaran Mulgrew, Managing Director, said: “This is tremendous news for us as a business and, thanks to the renewed interest in Irish whiskey and whiskey tourism, this will give the city a boost as well.”

We’ll drink to that!