Bombay Sapphire? Don’t mind if we do.

Bombay Sapphire? Don’t mind if we do.

Elmwood Projects has been invited to carry out the bespoke manufacture and fit out for Bombay Sapphire’s groundbreaking new gin distillery and visitor centre at the historic Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire.

As you would expect of the world’s number one premium gin, the vision for the new distillery and visitor attraction – headed up by acclaimed London-based studio Thomas Heatherwick – is ambitious, involving a multi-million pound restoration of the abandoned mill that was once home to papermaking facilities that supplied the Royal Mint.

Responsible for the design of all front-of-house areas is 1751 who awarded Elmwood Projects the fit out contract. Says 1751’s Paula Murray: “There aren’t many companies capable of such technically demanding manufacture across so many different elements. Elmwood Projects was the obvious choice.”

Adds Workshop Manager Donald Bain: “It’s a truly unique project that brings together rustic timbers, raw mild steel and black stainless steel with glass, mirror, fabric and halo lighting to create everything from feature walls and sampling tables, to display cases, bars and counters. Most of which we’ll manufacture off-site in our workshop, integrating all audio visual and lighting requirements, then install on-site.

“We’re also responsible for some of the external work, including bespoke seating and bronze touch points for radio frequency (RFID) readers.”