Fitting Out The Copeland Distillery

Where Ireland and Scotland (almost) meet…

Copeland Distillery brand

The stunning new Copeland Distillery is now open!

Located in Northern Ireland’s best-kept-secret historic town of Donaghadee, County Down, the distillery has been under construction for around a year and is now open for tours. Originally founded in 2016, Copeland Gin began with online crowdfunding and has rapidly grown into a beautiful brand and distillery.

The new Copeland gin HQ is located opposite The Copeland Islands, which were once a main smuggling ground between Ireland and Scotland. The ‘Copland Isles’ as they were once known, were the main shipping dock for the North of Ireland before Belfast’s boom.

The Copeland Distillery construction site in Donaghdee
The construction site of the new distillery in Donaghdee

After a year of planning, construction, building and refurbing, The Copeland Distillery is now officially operating and open for tours in the breathtaking historical setting of Donaghadee.

The new location in Donaghadee had previously been many things, including an old cinema in the 1900s and more recently a community center. It was run down and needed a lot of work, but the character of the place shone through and it was a perfect blank slate to design and build the new distillery. The architects and builders got to work, and once they had plans set, we were designated our areas and jobs and got to planning.

Copeland Distillery, before and after construction of new facility
Construction begins at the new site

Where do we fit in?

The team at consisted of project managers, designers, joiners, painters and a full workshop squad to fit out the distillery. The first port of call, and not to be overlooked, was to design, make and fit the bespoke Copeland branded doors.

Copeland Distillery's new Helaform sliding doors
Aren’t they swish?

They’re not just any old doors. They’re a helaform (sliding) system, with a rare metal frame, advanced MDF to withstand any weather, branded with the beautiful Copeland logo, and a 50-year guarantee. *drops mic*.

We worked with the architects and builders to design, make and fit these babies, and we think the doors alone are worth the trip to Donaghadee…

The Main Event

Copeland Distillery interior

The space being completely open and empty allowed for maximum creativity when planning this reception and bar are.

The bar structure itself was tackled first. An I-beam concrete laminate base with a solid 50mm grey oak top and copper accents provided a solid, durable and innovative foundation for the rest of the space.

Copeland Distillery interor fit out detail

Installed behind the bar are custom-made metal shelving units with integrated LED lighting. The best Irish gin deserves the best Irish shelving!

We finished off the brewery reception area with hardwood tables and chairs, copper layers and high-quality accessories to give it an authentic, rustic feel.

The reimagined space had taken shape. So what next?

The Finishing Touches

Copeland Distillery hand made burnt effect bar
Handmade burnt wood bar stand to display a contrived patina

The project is still ongoing, and we are currently repurposing an old horsebox for the Copeland team to take on the road, Point of Sale display units for local bars to sell Copeland Gin, and a cask wall for the distillery.

Keep up to date with us on Instagram for more behind the scenes action of this project.

If all of this talk of gin has got you hankering to try it, you can book a tour of the beautiful distillery for only £12.50 per person which includes spirit samples, become one of the 125 and receive your own cask of whiskey in 5-10 years time or simply try out some of the gin for yourself.

Book your tour on the Copeland Distillery website…

Thanks for reading!

Images of the Copeland Distillery branded sliding door, it's Irish gin and their copper stills