Vebro Polymers’ epoxy flake floor system, vebrores EP Flake has been chosen to refresh the processing area of Glenturret Distillery, the oldest distillery in Scotland, where time-honoured traditions and exceptional craftsmanship intertwine.
As guardians of this esteemed heritage, the distillery sought to breathe new life into its storied halls, creating a floor surface that would stand up to the foot traffic, impact and harsh chemical attack experienced in this environment and strike a harmonious balance between style, durability and functionality.
Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Scotland, Glenturret Distillery has been crafting exceptional single malt whisky since its establishment in 1763. As the oldest distillery in Scotland, this historic gem holds a special place in the hearts of whisky connoisseurs and history enthusiasts alike.
Preserving the distillery’s authenticity while infusing modern, protective flooring was of paramount importance in the recent refresh project, combining tradition and innovation.
Glenturret Distillery’s essence lies in its ability to transport visitors back to a bygone era, where skilled artisans meticulously crafted each batch of whisky. Every aspect of the distillery, from the architecture to the decor, contributes to this enchanting experience. Therefore, when it came to selecting a flooring solution, it was imperative that it complemented the distillery’s essence while delivering exceptional performance underfoot.
Whisky production is a complex process that involves various stages, from malting and mashing to fermentation and distillation. While this age-old craft produces the beloved spirit that we enjoy, it can also pose challenges to certain types of flooring.
Throughout the whisky production process, there is a significant risk of exposure to moisture and chemicals. For instance, during mashing and fermentation, water is added to the grains, leading to potential spills and leaks. Additionally, the handling of chemicals like cleaning agents and sanitisers is essential for maintaining a hygienic environment. This combination of moisture and chemical exposure can be detrimental to flooring materials that are not specifically designed to withstand such conditions.
Not only that, but whisky production also often takes place in environments where temperature and humidity levels can fluctuate significantly. Traditional flooring materials, such as wood, laminate, or certain types of tiles, may expand, contract, or warp when exposed to these changing conditions. This can lead to structural damage, uneven surfaces and compromised integrity over time.
Glenturret Distillery is a bustling hub of activity, with employees and visitors moving around continuously. Heavy equipment, barrels and casks are transported, contributing to high foot traffic. Conventional flooring options, such as carpet or hardwood, may deteriorate quickly under the constant strain of these dynamic environments, resulting in unsightly wear and tear, compromised safety and frequent maintenance requirements.
The building also required a flooring solution that prioritised safety, as spills and moisture are inherent risks of the whisky production process. Without appropriate slip resistance, floors can become slippery, posing hazards to employees and visitors. Falls can result in injuries, production disruptions and potential liability concerns for distilleries.
Focus on the flooring
vebrores EP Flake was chosen owing to its simple, seamless application, its durability and chemical resistance properties and the option to choose a custom flake blend to match the distillery’s brand colours.
Installed directly onto the building’s existing steel checker plate by Hendersons, vebrores EP Flake’s seamless application has ensured a flawless finish for Glenturret. The absence of joints or seams not only enhances the aesthetics of the flooring but also provides a practical advantage by eliminating potential weak points and areas susceptible to dirt or moisture infiltration.
Beyond its aesthetic appeal, vebrores EP Flake is built to withstand the rigours of an industrial setting like Glenturret Distillery. Heavy machinery, chemical spills and high foot traffic are no match for the durability and resilience of this remarkable flooring solution. It ensures that the distillery’s operations can continue unhindered, while maintaining its pristine appearance for years to come.
Maintenance is also made effortless with vebrores EP Flake. Its smooth, non-porous surface prevents dirt and stains from penetrating, and the lack of seams or joints minimises nooks and crannies where bacteria can fester. Regular maintenance routines can be carried out without disruption to the distillery’s operations, ensuring a consistently hygienic and visually appealing environment.
The steel checker plate already in situ in the processing area, although known for its durability and slip resistance, is not without its limitations. The rugged surface can be challenging to clean and maintain, with dirt and grime easily getting trapped in the raised diamond pattern. Moreover, the natural wear and tear over time lead to the plate becoming uneven, corroded and posing health & safety risks.
The seamless application of vebrores EP Flake created a smooth and even surface that not only improved the visual appeal but also eliminated the dirt-trapping crevices of the checker plate. This seamless integration facilitated easier and more efficient cleaning, ensuring a hygienic environment for whisky production and visitor experiences.
In an environment where spills are not uncommon, the distillery required a flooring solution that would mitigate the risk of accidents. vebrores EP Flake provided excellent slip resistance, creating a safer working environment for distillery staff and visitors alike.
The epoxy flake system delivers excellent durability and resilience and has proved to be a reliable choice for the demanding conditions of this industrial setting, offering long-lasting performance that reduces the need for frequent repairs or replacements.
By combining the strength and slip resistance of the steel checker plate with the seamless, easy-to-maintain properties of vebrores EP Flake, Glenturret Distillery now boasts a flooring system that blends practicality and aesthetics. The distillery’s operational efficiency has improved, as the flooring no longer poses challenges in terms of maintenance, cleanliness or safety.
Working with Hendersons
Hendersons, established over 40 years ago and based in Moray in Scotland, provide first class resin flooring installation throughout Scotland.
The company, who also offer a range of other services including painting, decorating and industrial cleaning, deployed their dedicated resin flooring team to transform Glenturret Distillery.
Hendersons prides itself on the continual training of existing staff and development of trainees across its business, ensuring it continues to offer an unsurpassable service.
That’s a wrap!
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