Project overview

Penderyn Distillery, the home of Welsh whisky, has been producing the iconic spirit since 2000 from its Brecon Beacons base.

Now, over 20 years since its formation, the company hoped to expand its business with a brand new operational distillery and visitor attraction on the site of the old Haford-Morfa Copperworks in Swansea.

Funded by a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales, the distillery’s sensitive design will celebrate Swansea’s former reputation as the world leading centre for copper smelting in the 18th century.

The finished construction will include a shop, tasting bar, exhibition space, whiskey tours, offices and a VIP bar in the fully refurbished Grade II listed building.


GJP were delighted to successfully secure Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for the refurbishment and re-purposing of the existing listed building and the construction of the contemporary new venue, helping to forge a new path for cultural and economic regeneration in the region.

The Visitor Centre Shop is now open, with the exhibition area, tasting bar, and ‘copper tunnel’ scheduled to open in the near future.

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I’m delighted the Welsh Government has been able to support this development. It’s another exciting regeneration project which further develops Swansea as a vibrant city destination. It complements other regeneration projects in the area as well as supporting economic growth and all year-round jobs, which is enabling broader private sector development and investment.

Vaughan Gething, Welsh Government’s Minister for Economy

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