Design Focus: Scotts
The new look Scotts at Troon Marina, owned by Buzzworks, has been totally refreshed. The layout of the bar and restaurant remains mainly the same, however the interior from the walls to the flooring have all been brought right up to the minute. The group have spent £500K creating a fresh, modern take on relaxed dining at this marina restaurant.
The venue’s interior has been transformed, with a colour palette of light tones and woods throughout to complement the marina views.
Kenny Blair, Buzzworks Holdings MD, comments, “Scotts has always been ahead of the times, so the new look, which has a lighter, more modern feel, but retains many of the iconic features that make Scotts so special, will set us up for many years to come.”
Suzy Kingswood of designers Thr3 Design, comments, “Our intention was to take the Scotts brand for Buzzworks to another level, commensurate with top big city international venue interiors. We also wanted to ensure customers got a warm welcome into the venue. As a result we used various design elements to enhance the feeling of walking into a Mediterranean harbour side restaurant.”
The first thing that you notice is the new floor which is a herringbone arrangement of hard wearing wood. The new floor covers the entire main area of Scotts excluding the area directly in front of the bar and the area beside the new booth arrangements which are situated on the right, as you come into the bar. A nice touch is the fact that the wood curves around the booths in a similar formation as the original curved wall which has now been clad in stripped back vertical wood panelling. The fire remains in situ but it has also been refreshed with new honey-coloured bricks. Small tiles have been used for the flooring beside the booths and beside the bar – they have a slightly retro look due to the pattern which pulls out the colours dark grey, cream and beige.
The new booths – three in total, have been upholstered by Stevensons Upholstery in a tweed-looking fabric with the seats in a faux-suede effect fabric which feels lovely to the touch. Two of the booths are round tables while the middle one is a larger oval and seats 8/10 people. The lighting here really makes an impact with large statement cream lampshades, which are striking, hanging over the booths. Buzzworks certainly have a reputation for putting in striking lighting in their outlets.
There is now one large posing table which has been refreshed with a new heavy wooden top with a few smaller, round posing tables are situated immediately in front of the bar. This makes the space much more appealing to customers who are popping in for a drink.
The bar stools beside the bar are also slightly retro in effect with brightly coloured upholstery in a stripped pattern. The bright yellow drink menus add to the retro feel.
The bar itself has been extended and it boasts a new white granite top. There’s now a cake cabinet in the middle and the coffee station also has more space. For the staff the big benefit is that the new arrangement includes all new internals and two large wine cabinets on either side, which means customers can see the wine on offer.
The dining area that backs onto the outside/inside restaurant overlooking the marina, has fixed banquet seating in a lovely light brown, which stretches the length of the area and curves at the two ends. The chairs here have sea blue backs and the same light brown suede-like upholstery on the seat. New pale grey blinds have been fitted, no doubt for when the sun is beaming in. The tables have solid wooden tops, and feel much more sturdy.
Outside in the sun lounge, (for want of a better word) the roof now has more of a ‘Hamptons feel’ or coastal feel. The white slated ceiling is offset by a lovely pale blue colour used at the top of the glass windows on the sides, while the furniture is all beige and light grey. Obviously here the view is the main appeal, and the neutral furnishings certainly compliment it. However at night a new lighting rig helps create a warm ambience.
Decorative touches include some very large white planters, and candles housed in weathered wooden circular holders. Vases are dotted about the room in shades of blue and copper.
In the restaurant which is to the right as you come in the central balustrade has been lowered which means that customers sitting along the lefthand wall can see the fabulous view. This wall in this area has an oriental feel having been covered in brass panels. Its six fish tanks remain but now stand out even more stand out due to their black backing and clever lighting. It’s very striking indeed. The oriental feel is carried on to the maitre d’ station which is black with large gold handles. The whole look feels slightly more upmarket than the bar area, and for some reason the view seems even better, and the room seems larger.
A new state-of-the-art kitchen has also been installed within the venue. Says Kenny Blair, “By investing in a new state-of-the-art kitchen, our chefs can continue to create mouth-watering dishes using the best ingredients Scotland has to offer, whilst the changes to our restaurant interior mean that guests can enjoy a fantastic dining experience in a setting befitting our spectacular harbour location.”
Suzy concludes, “As always it was a pleasure to work with clients who like to push the design to the limit, changing things on site to add details that are as up to date as possible but maintaining the appeal in the interiors that we would like to think will stand the
test of time.”