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Lochside Visitors HUb

As part of a comprehensive feasibility study, LBA supported the client and developed a masterplan vision exploring opportunities including considering how the existing café could be re-imagined to suit present day needs and provide a more future-proofed facility. Our approach was led by the landscape and environment of the site, which in turn will create a unique place to inspire people to visit, support sustainable tourism which benefits local people and is also consistent with the Scottish Government’s net-zero and nature commitments.

Architecturally, we believed the existing café could offer so much more, both in terms of becoming a destination that tourists and visitors will love and remember but also to improve the café’s relationship with the loch. To do this we created a proposal that is sustainable, attractive and site-specific whilst ensuring the landscape and environment is protected, enhanced and celebrated. The café space boasts a roof form with projecting canopies that play an important functional role in sheltering visitors from the elements and encouraging engagement with the loch whilst creating a distinct and dynamic appearance. The building has also been designed to deliver exemplary sustainability credentials, utilising green technologies to deliver power, water, heating and insulation whilst ensuring these are practical, sensible and cost effective to run in such an exposed and isolated location.

TEAM insight

“LBA are incredibly fortunate to work on projects within some of Scotland’s most dramatic and important landscapes. This project highlights our ongoing collaboration with our ambitious and forward-thinking client with the aim to diversify and expand the existing tourism and leisure offering to create a sustainable, inclusive and exemplar visitor centre and cafè deserving of its place in such a magnificent setting. The architecture of the new building has been directly influenced by its location, considering factors such as climate, remoteness and the human experience of nature both physically and psychologically. We look forward to continuing to develop our design for this unique destination in due course.”


Planning Consultant: APT Planning & Development

Visuals: LBA 


PROJECT details

Client: Wemyss and March Estate

Location: Undisclosed

Status: Design Study

Sector: Leisure & Retail

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