The new Clydeside Distillery is set to open in autumn 2017

The new Clydeside Distillery is set to open in autumn 2017

A former Morrison Bowmore Distillers director has started work on a GBP10m (US$13m) Scotch whisky distillery in Glasgow's city centre.

Tim Morrison applied for planning permission to build the facility in 2013 - at the time he said he expected work to be completed by 2015. Late last week, however, the firm behind the site's construction said that work has now started on the project.

The Clydeside Distillery, owned by Morrison Glasgow Distillers, is now expected to be operational by autumn 2017.

"Our vision to build a whisky distillery on the banks of the Clyde, first conceived many years ago, is now set to become a reality," said chairman Morrison, who also owns AD Rattray Scotch Whisky Co. "Work has started on site and our first batch of spirit should be flowing before the end of next year. In addition to the Morrison family and a range of private funders, the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) has joined the consortium of investors contributing GBP2m to the project. The city was once home to many whisky distilleries and we think The Clydeside Distillery will put Glasgow right back on the Scotch whisky map."

The distillery is expected to attract 65,000 visitors per year. The site will also comprise a restaurant, shop and tasting facilities.

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