Saturday, 27 February 2016

Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill Whitchurch

Hello

Following on from my post yesterday, we were rather impressed when we arrived at the mill ready for our tour of the distillery.

In front of us were a large selection of old, but recently renovated, buildings with a fast flowing river gliding along - the chalky River Test on its way to Southampton.








The site has been renovated by Thomas Heatherwick to provide an outstanding BREEAM rated plant for building sustainability which includes a biomass boiler and electricity generated by a waterwheel.

Interestingly, the site has been used for a thousand years, originally a corn mill and then a paper mill which produced banknotes and now the distillery which opened there in 2013.






Two fabulous greenhouses emerge from the mill like bubble mixture blown from the top floor which house Mediterranean plants in one and tropical plants in the other used to flavour the gin.
















A most interesting afternoon.

Cheerio

18 comments:

  1. Looks like an amazing place to visit. Love the greenhouses - such unusual shapes!
    Liz

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    1. It was quite tricky to photograph but it was so brilliant to see. :-)

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  2. Wonderful architecture old and new. Interesting about the biomass boiler and waterwheel power to generate the electricity. I wish it was nearer as it's the sort of place I would like to visit. So many interesting aspects, the renovation, the examples of plants in the glasshouses that are used in the making of the gin and the tour itself.

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    1. I'm sure you would have enjoyed it as much as we did. A charming spot with the river and a load of snowdrops as well which I forgot to mention. :-)

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  3. I love the buildings of red bricks. And the architect designing those greenhouses surely had a lot of imagination! Just amazing!

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    1. He always comes up with brilliant ideas, well worth looking at the website. :-)

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  4. Bombay Sapphire is my husband's favorite. I found your posts fascinating. What lovely old buildings along with the new sleek greenhouses. The image of Queen Victoria was amazing after all these years. You have such talent to write and share these historical facts. I am hope your weekend is off to a great start. Hugs, Pat

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    1. That's very kind Pat, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Have fun x

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  5. Wow! Those greenhouses are quite spectacular.

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  6. The juxtaposition of the beautifully coloured brick of the old buildings and the steel and glass of the new is amazing. Wonderful architecture and incredible engineering. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. I agree with Janet: WOW! Those greenhouses are amazing. It looks like a really good day out. x

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    1. They had a few snacks like sausage rolls, sandwiches and cakes plus gin of course! I think they could do with a restaurant too, it's such a lovely spot. x

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  8. Amazing buildings. Years ago back in the late 1940's my Mum worked there when it was Portal's papermill who made bank notes for all around the world. xx

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    1. How fantastic. There are a few photos on the wall about the paper mill, I'm sure you'd find it fascinating. x

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  9. Looks a wonderful place to visit with so much of interest. The greenhouses are wonderful:)

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