Stills visualisation by Heatherwick Studio
Stills visualisation by Heatherwick Studio

Bombay Sapphire® Gin Distillery Achieves World’s First ‘Outstanding’ Design-Stage BREEAM Sustainability Accolade

Site named as one of world’s most sustainable distilleries ahead of opening in Autumn 2013, creating a sustainable site to continue to produce a perfectly balanced premium gin

The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has become both the first distillery and first refurbishment to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ design-stage BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) accreditation for its distillery process buildings.

BREEAM is the world’s leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the measurement used to describe a building’s environmental performance. To achieve this design-stage accreditation, the project is assessed using a system of environmental measures grouped by management, health and well-being, energy, transport, water, materials, waste, land use and ecology, pollution, and innovation. The ‘Outstanding’ score awarded to the Bombay Sapphire designs will be validated upon completion when the final certification will be awarded.

The ‘Outstanding’ design-stage rating given to the distillery process buildings at Laverstoke Mill means the buildings have achieved the highest level of sustainable construction, and are expected to be one of the most environmentally friendly distilleries in the world. The completed distillery will see a 60 percent reduction in carbon emissions and nearly an 85 percent improvement over what is required by building regulations. This is as a result of a number of specific technologies incorporated into the distillery’s design, including power generation from the River Test which flows through the site2. The Bombay Sapphire distillery process buildings have been awarded an excellent score of 86.81 percent, the second highest score awarded to an industrial building by BREEAM.

The accolade comes after a careful process that analysed contextual, economic, efficiency and technical feasibility complexities around the site, whilst meeting the specification of building energy efficiency improvements at Laverstoke Mill. The restoration of the site also includes the installation of a combination of on-site renewable energy generating systems, such as photovoltaics, a bio-fuelled boiler and 6kW hydro-electric water wheel.

The resulting reduction in carbon emissions is particularly striking given that buildings at the site include restored and refurbished Victorian Mill buildings, some of which are Grade II listed (designated as being particularly important and of special interest and protected by UK law), within a Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)3.

Emma Johansson, Global Marketing Manager, Bombay Sapphire said: “We are immensely proud of achieving this ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM accreditation. This rating, from the world’s most highly respected environmental assessment method, is a testament to all the care, skill and imagination that has ensured this distillery is built with sustainability at its very core. Bombay Sapphire aims to seamlessly fuse the modern requirements of a premium distillery with the original features of the rich heritage of Laverstoke Mill.”

Martin Townsend, Director at BREEAM, BRE Global, said: “BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and is the world’s foremost environmental assessment method. We are very happy that the Bombay Sapphire team has achieved this ‘Outstanding’ design-stage certification – this is one of the highest scores under BREEAM and a first in the drinks industry. It is particularly impressive given this is a conversion of an existing building.”

Barry Rankin, Director at GWP Project Services, and consultant on the project added, “This accreditation is a tribute to the team. All parties have worked with great care and collaboration to ensure the most cutting-edge sustainable technologies have been woven into the imaginative designs for Laverstoke Mill, and the result will no doubt prove to be a world-class distillery that reflects the values of the Bombay Sapphire gin brand.”

The distillery is set to open in Autumn 2013, and is being built on a two hectare brown-field site, near the grounds of Laverstoke Park, just 60 miles from London. For 200 years, the site produced high quality paper for the bank notes of India and the British Empire. The site is steeped in natural beauty, astride the crystal clear River Test, and historically associated with producing the finest quality product through care and skill. The design for the site is headed by acclaimed London designer Thomas Heatherwick and his team at Heatherwick Studio. The site is being renovated from a derelict mill into a state-of-the-art premium gin distillery and visitor centre encompassing the highest standards in design, functionality and sustainability.

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Notes to editors

About Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Sapphire gin is the world’s fastest-growing major gin brand4 by volume and value5. Based on a secret 1761 recipe, Bombay Sapphire gin is created by perfectly balancing a unique combination of 10 hand-selected exotic botanicals from around the world. The natural flavours of the botanicals are captured through a delicate distillation process called Vapour Infusion which results in the tantalising, smooth and complex taste that is Bombay Sapphire.

Enjoy Bombay Sapphire responsibly. Bombay Sapphire and Infused with Imagination are trademarks.

Bombay Sapphire – Infused with Imagination

Bombay Sapphire aims to inspire people into expanding their minds, thinking differently to reveal more about themselves and their Imaginations. The team at Bombay Sapphire believes everyone has imagination and therefore aims to give everyone the opportunity to be inspired, and to infuse their imagination with Bombay Sapphire.


BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) is the world’s leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance.

BREEAM is developed, operated and maintained by BRE Global Ltd and the operation and direction of the method is overseen by an Independent Sustainability Board, representing a wide cross-section of construction industry stakeholders. Further information about BREEAM, including copies of the BREEAM standard, can be found at

About GWP Project Services

GWP Project Services are a team of specially trained professionals offering award winning assessment and consultancy in sustainable issues within the built environment.

Our services include expert advice and consultation on compliance with BREEAM, LEED, Code for Sustainable Homes & EcoHomes assessment methodologies, including assessment to formal certification. We also provide strategic consultancy on sustainable design within construction for developers, contractors and designers, We aim to provide dynamic, progressive input into a wide range of construction support services including; CDM co-ordination, Energy and Carbon analysis, PassivHaus, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, planning support and training programmes.

GWP Project Services hold a number of professional qualifications and accreditation including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality assurance. Communication within our role is key to the success of our projects – a virtue that is promoted from within the organisation. We enjoy working on projects involving new challenges, innovative technology and community reinforcement, whilst working within practical economic constraints without compromising on the key aspect of sustainability.

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1 Rating granted in accordance with 2008 BREEAM criteria.
2 Regulations as specified in Building Regulations Part L 2010. Figures are design calculations and will need to be verified based upon the actual performance once building reaches completion. Substantial efforts have been made to calculate these figures to as accurate a basis as possible.
3 An SSSI site is legally protected to conserve British wildlife, geological and physiographical heritage, and any activity on such a site requires approval
4 Data sourced from International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR), for the 12 months to the end of December 2011
5 Major brands are those that feature the top 5 by volume and value globally. Full results available on request.