FACTS: The roof comprises 1,750 glued laminated timber beams, making up a 3x3m grid that carries 2,500 cassettes supporting the natural meadow (tubby) roof covering. In total, there are over 380,000 individual roof components. The timber elements were manufactured in Austria. There were over 5,000 lifts, using 4 mobile cranes, to install the roof structure. The project used 20,000m3 of concrete. The steelwork comprises 700 tonnes of beams supporting the distillery’s unique roof. The beams are secured to the concrete frame at structural support nodes, where two circular hollow sections come together with a large division plate running through the middle and a baseplate at the bottom. The steel has been welded by specialist craftsmen who pride themselves on quality of detailing, meaning that the full structure remains a visible feature within the interior of the distillery.
Did I enjoy my tour? Apart from not being able to have the drams (I was driving again) and Macallan do NOT have wee bottles or tubes for driver drams, disappointing. But on the whole, aye it was good, informative, interesting, very different.