David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre
The B listed Lodge is part of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and is the flagship centre for activities in the Loch Achray and Loch Ard Forests. We have completed a comprehensive upgrade and refurbishment of the centre in order to improve visitor facilities.
Forestry Commission Scotland
The project involved the refurbishment and re-modelling of the existing building and external areas and the removal of existing internal walls and finishes and a full refurbishment to a revised layout. Alterations to the existing entrances were carried out together with the provision of DDA compliant access around the building.
The new cafe area now has splendid views looking over Loch Achray Forest. Natural play areas have been installed along the route of the Waterfall Trail and at Lumber Jill a new ingenious use of trees has been used to create a maze for children to play on.
A folded roofscape of dark whinstone gives shelter to the top floor ‘executive lounge’, a facility open to all guests which is housed within the hotel’s carefully sculpted attic storey. The lounge and associated external roof terraces enjoy panoramic views across the Waverley Valley to the New Town. The north and west elevations of the hotel will be clad with the traditional materials of sandstone and whinstone with the courtyard elevation to the south adopting white brick; as is common in the old town, to bring light down into the landscaped courtyard gardens below.
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Having served the area well for the past 50 years as a major recreation, leisure and educational resource, the centre was in need of an upgrade to improve visitor facilities.
The project involved the refurbishment and re-modeling of the existing building and external areas and the removal of existing internal walls and finishes and a full refurbishment to a revised layout. Alterations to the existing entrances were carried out together with the provision of DDA compliant access around the building.
The upgrade and refit has given this much loved listed building a new lease of life and transformed the Centre into a state of the art facility.
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