Benholm Group Infuse Ian Macleod Distillers with Greenery


Ian Macleod Distillers (IMD) embarked on a monumental journey to elevate their workspace, moving from their former office to the impressive Peter Russell House in Broxburn, West Lothian in an impressive new development. The new headquarters, with its architectural nod to distillery shafts, promised to accommodate IMD’s expanding portfolio of premium Scotch whisky, gin, and rum brands within its 10,000 square feet of dynamic office space. However, a challenge lay in not just creating a visually stunning workplace but also ensuring the well-being and productivity of their employees. Thus, began a collaboration that would introduce a breath of fresh air into their corporate environment.

Understanding the pivotal role of greenery in enhancing both aesthetics and atmosphere, Ian Macleod Distillers enlisted the expertise of Anchorpoint Interiors, renowned for their corporate and commercial workplace designs. Building on their successful past collaborations, Benholm Group was brought in to infuse greenery into the heart of the office renovation project.

The Solution: A Verdant Oasis Amidst Glass Towers

Benholm Group embarked on a mission to bring the outdoors in, utilising innovative green solutions to complement the architectural grandeur of the space. At the entrance, towering moss walls, reaching a height of 20 feet on either side of the reception area, immediately captivate visitors, setting the tone for a naturalistic journey within. These living walls, meticulously crafted with an assortment of moss types, create a stunning visual tableau against the backdrop of lofty ceilings. A scaled-down version of this green marvel adorns the break-out room upstairs, providing a tranquil retreat for employees.

Central to the foyer stands a majestic 13-foot live Bucida Buceras tree, a living sculpture that not only adds to the aesthetic appeal but also imbues the space with a sense of serenity. Beneath the staircase, typically an underutilised space, Benholm Group ingeniously introduced a terrarium-like floor display, transforming it into a focal point of interest.

Artful arrangements of diverse planters, showcasing vibrant foliage in various styles and sizes, adorn both floors, strategically positioned to optimise visual impact. These green installations not only enhance the ambiance but also contribute to the overall well-being of occupants.

The Results: A Testament to the Transformative Power of Greenery

For Ian Macleod Distillers, the transition to their new headquarters marks a significant milestone in their journey of evolution and growth. With a legacy spanning over 80 years in the spirits industry, they understand the importance of embracing change to secure their future. Their new HQ, characterised by modern office spaces, gin development labs, and innovative design elements, positions them at the forefront of industry innovation.

Through collaboration with Anchorpoint Interiors and Benholm Group, Ian Macleod Distillers has succeeded in creating a workspace that seamlessly integrates nature with modernity. From the lush greenery that greets visitors to the meticulously curated plant installations, every aspect of the design reflects a commitment to fostering a vibrant and inspiring environment.

Brinsley Clarke, Sales & Precon Executive at Anchorpoint Interiors, acknowledges the pivotal role played by Benholm Group in bringing their design vision to fruition commenting “The flexibility, support, and expertise provided by Benholm Group have been instrumental in realising their concept design within a demanding project timeline”.

The transformative impact of greenery on interior spaces cannot be overstated. Beyond mere aesthetics, plants have the power to rejuvenate, inspire, and enhance well-being. As businesses strive to create environments that nurture creativity and productivity, incorporating green elements into the workspace emerges as a compelling solution.

Are you ready to transform your workplace into a verdant oasis? Contact Benholm Group today or visit us at The Office x Watercooler Event to explore how greenery can breathe new life into your office environment. Email [email protected] or visit

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29 May 2024

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