Award winning designer Thomas Heatherwick, famous for the 2012 London Olympic Cauldron, the Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, and the New Bus for London, has now turned his attentions to the renovation of the historic Laverstoke Mill.
For more than 200 years, the mill produced high quality paper for the bank notes of England. The mill expanded with the growth of the British Empire. During Queen Victoria's reign, it rose prominently and Laverstoke Mill began making bank notes for England's newly acquired lands, including India.
The mill is now a state of the art gin distillery for BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, the world's number one premium gin by value and the fastest-growing premium gin. This deep-rooted heritage of the mill connects the story of England, Laverstoke Mill, India and the 1761 British recipe for Bombay Sapphire.
With a number of allocates to his name, Thomas' vision sees a unique glasshouses where the 10 botanicals – juniper, lemon peel, grains of paradise, coriander, cubeb berries, orris root, almonds, cassia bark, liquorice, angelica – chosen for the unique taste of Bombay Sapphire are grown on display for public viewing.
This web video highlights the rich heritage of this remarkable building and provides an exclusive look at the impressive transformation.