jackson Distillers has revealed plans to build the first grain distillery in the Scottish Borders.
Proposals have been submitted for the St. Boswells Distillery, located at Charlesfield Industrial Estate.
The plan is to produce 20 million litres of pure alcohol per year, meeting growing demand for grain whisky for Scotch Whisky blending and a grain neutral spirit for gin and vodka.
Jackson Distillers is working with Noble & Company to secure the £46m investment to enable construction – the first for the Scottish Borders and only the second of such facilities to be built in Scotland in the last 25 years.
Trevor Jackson, founder and chief executive of Jackson Distillers, explained that the project will create 20 permanent jobs and a further 200 jobs through the construction stage.
“The distillery will play its part in helping Scotland meet its climate change ambitions, sending zero waste to landfill with sustainability at the forefront of its production practices.”
It will take local cereals from the Tweed valley and process them sustainably into spirit using renewable energy. The cereals journey will be tracked from seedbed to still and beyond so that customers can be confident of the provenance of the spirit.
The cereals, once spent, will be passed to the adjacent anaerobic digestion plant, where it will be converted into energy, with the remaining material (digestate) being used as soil conditioner for the crops.
Process water will come from an on-site bore-hole and will be recycled to minimise the use of natural resources in production.
Jackson Distillers is working with Michael Laird Architects, principal contractor Frilli, Colorado Group and environmental consultants Mabbett to deliver the project.
The planning application is expected to be determined by the Scottish Borders Council in July.