Buchanan Business Tower, previously known as Black & White Whisky Tower

One of the most recognisable buildings in Stepps, now known as Buchanan Tower, was once home to whisky distillers James Buchanan & Co. Opened by Sir Alec Douglas-Home on 22nd May 1969, having taken over three years to build and at a cost of five million pounds, the blending and bottling plant employed over 800 locals producing four million cases of blended whisky each year. Twenty thousand casks of whisky, around eleven million litres, could be stored in the ten-storey tower at its full capacity. The plant was closed in 1987 as part of a business restructuring procedure involving the takeover of the company by Guinness. In the following years the buildings have been used as offices and storage for a number of companies.