Distillery plans to transform old building in county Waterford town given go-ahead
The rebirth of a county Waterford town continues apace with news that plans for a new manufacturing facility in the centre of the town have been approved by local council.
Gortinore Distillery Ltd plans to transform the derelict Old Woollen Mill Grain Store in Kilmacthomas into a state-of-the-art a gin distillery have been approved by Waterford City and County Council.
Last year Gortinore lodged plans with the council requesting permission to house three traditional copper pot stills in the building as well as aging whiskey casks. Their stated aim is to create “Ireland’s only working distillery to be retrofit into a 150-year-old building”.
The approval of planning permission is another huge boost to the town of Kilmacthomas which has undergone a Phoenix-like renaissance since the opening of the Waterford Greenway in 2017.
Gortinore, who produce Natterjack Whiskey, can now develop the distillery while maintaining many of the features of the protected structure. The redevelopment will consist of sympathetic internal and external alterations, alongside some demolitions within the mill and silo building.
A three-storey extension will be created to the front of the mill building including alterations to the mill façade and roof structures. Some alterations and additions will be necessary to enable the distillation process, while alterations will be required for vehicle and goods access.
As part of the development, a new pedestrian route from the retail and parking area of the distillery will link to the town’s Main Street, creating even more footfall in the county Waterford market town.