Scottish Land & Estates member, Caerlaverock Estate, have recently opened a new tea room and shop for the benefit of the local community.
Both ventures are housed together within a striking new building of contemporary design, on Glencaple quay. The building enjoys spectacular views of the river Nith and South towards the Solway Firth. The building was designed by Smiths Gore's architects taking inspiration from the maritime history of Glencaple. The curved roof reflects the powerful Nith tidal bore and the use of timber boarding and incorporation of port holes reflect the shipping which once plied the river.
The quay is a dominant feature in the landscape and community as well as being a listed structure. The design of the building had to take into consideration its impact on not only the quay, but its effect on the vista within the Nith Estuary National Scenic Area. Consideration of these factors led to the adoption of a softer design to reflect the landform of the surrounding rolling hills in addition to the maritime inspiration.