The project involved the refurbishment and reconfiguration of two key spaces within the Visitors Experience at the historic Laverstoke Mill, home of Bombay Sapphire. The upgrade of the visitor experience included works to a listed building which traverses the River Test, an SSSI river that runs through the heart of the complex.
The works involved the construction of the new Turbine Bar, providing a new personalised cocktail experience, allowing visitors to create their own custom G&T via a bespoke self-fill gin dispenser. The works also involved creation of a new Cinema, including bespoke seating, a retractable cinema screen and sliding Corten doors which open onto Laverstokes iconic glasshouses. Alongside the Turbine Bar the new Cinema provides the new opening to the visitor tour element of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery.
The works involved sensitive alterations to the fabric of the listed and surrounding buildings, whilst providing stunning new internal spaces.
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. 7