GWPA were delighted to attend the opening of the new Turbine Bar and Cinema at Laverstoke Mill, the home of Bombay Sapphire. An evening of music and cocktails marked the unveiling of the two new spaces that will begin the revamped Visitor Experience tour. Guests were able to create their own personalise G&T at the Turbine Bar’s bespoke self-fill gin dispenser and bar, before enjoying a short film about the famous brand in the new cinema room. Bespoke sliding Corten doors then opened to reveal the iconic glasshouses in the main courtyard.
The opening marked the culmination of works to sensitively refurbish and reconfigure two key spaces within the existing Visitors Experience, partly housed within a listed building. The works involved the construction of the new Turbine Bar, providing a new personalised cocktail experience, as well the new Cinema which includes bespoke seating, a retractable cinema screen and sliding Corten doors.
The project follows GWPA’s continued involvement in the transformation of the Laverstoke Mill site, which began over a decade ago with the design and delivery of the transformation of the former paper mill into the new home of Bombay Sapphire. The Victorian mill complex in rural Hampshire, which includes a number of listed buildings, houses the production, storage and distribution of the globally established brand, as well as visitor spaces including exhibition spaces, bars, gin shop and café.