Plans announced for £4 million Eden Mill development

An impression of the development.
An impression of the development.

Eden Mill has revealed plans to create a new £4 million distillery and brewery next to its current headquarters in Guardbridge.

The project will see former paper mill buildings refurbished to become the new home of Eden Mill, allowing it to increase production of gin, beer and whisky, create more products and retain space for expansion in the future.

The development would sit within the University of St Andrews’ new Eden Campus.

Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, said: “With ambitions to grow the business, it’s the right time for Eden Mill to move forward with plans for a new distillery and brewery.

“We have always been pioneering, and this expansion can open the door to new product development and continued success.

“To stay competitive, the spirits industry in Scotland needs to embrace new ideas and experimentation while respecting its heritage and traditions, particularly with whisky. At this new site, Eden Mill will be in the perfect position to invest in new products and lead the way with innovation.

“We firmly believe that this development will greatly benefit the local area and the wider Scottish economy, which is always what we have set out to achieve as a business.”

Included in the plans submitted to Fife Council are several visitor areas, a cafe/bar, a visitor centre, shop, and a VIP tasting area on the top floor of the distillery.

The development would also allow Eden Mill to increase its visitor numbers for tours from 25,000 to 50,000 per year.

If the plans are approved, Eden Mill aims to be on the site by the summer and have the buildings operational by autumn.

The plans follow the university’s own application for a £20 million development which will see 400 university staff relocate to the Eden Campus.

The proposal, if approved, would see the former paper mill transformed into a modern working environment, with office space, storage for library stock and more.