Scottish spirits producer Edrington has received planning permission to establish a new £100m distillery and visitor center in Moray, for its brand The Macallan.

The company has awarded the construction contract to Robertson and distillation equipment supply deal to Forsyths of Rothes.

The proposed distilling facility is being designed by architects Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners.

Edrington group operations director Graham Hutcheon said: "Only the external appearance of the distillery will change, the exceptional quality of The Macallan, which has been produced for many years using copper stills from Forsyths, will not be compromised and the same focus on attention to detail and personal care of the whisky’s production will be upheld.

"With Robertson and Forsyths joining our professional team, we are delighted that regionally based businesses will benefit from our investment."

The distillery is expected to open in 2017. It will be expanded in future to meet the growing demand of The Macallan.

Robertson said: "In addition to creating a site of major architectural significance, the new distillery will ensure the on-going quality control of the production of The Macallan.

"With its rolling roofscape, the distillery has been designed to complement the natural beauty of the area and The Macallan Estate, which overlooks the River Spey."

Image: An illustration of The Macallan distillery and visitor center. Photo: courtesy of Robertson.