When it comes to Joinery services, Bruce McGarva has over forty years of knowledge and experience to offer. Established in 1979, he has been based at Heathhall Business Centre for all of this time. Like some of the other long-term tenants, he has seen many changes and developments on the estate, but it has proved to be a great base for his trade.

Company history

From his early days as an apprentice with Robison & Davidson, Bruce has built up a business which now employs 16 staff, and which has a reputation for quality work. Alongside general joinery services, Bruce and his staff specialise in the manufacture and supply of bespoke windows, doors, staircases, conservatories and other specialist fittings. From the yard at Heathhall, the staff cover all of Dumfries & Galloway and they service a wide range of domestic and commercial contracts.

Bruce may be a local man but, over the years, his services have been sought from the far ends of the country. Amongst other things, he has worked on the Royal Opera House in London and he has manufactured bespoke windows for the late Queen Mother’s ‘Castle of Mey’ in Caithness.

A Royal Project

In fact, it seems that Bruce truly has made his mark with Royalty. Following his involvement with the renovations of New Cumnock town hall, Bruce was invited to the opening of the hall. He was asked to join the line-up where he shook hands with Prince Charles and exchanged a few words.

A year later, he returned to New Cumnock for the opening of the new open-air community swimming pool. This was another well-deserved invitation since Bruce and his staff were responsible for manufacture of the outdoor changing room block. Prince Charles also returned to New Cumnock to perform the opening ceremony and, although Bruce was not in the line-up on this occasion, Prince Charles still spotted him in the crowd and recognised him from the previous year. Bruce’s work on the changing room block was declared to be a ‘jolly good job’, an expression which could easily be a strapline for the company.

Funnily enough, there is every chance that their paths may cross again since, when asked, Bruce was quick to reassure Prince Charles that there were no plans for retirement and that he should keep the work coming.

So, for anyone who is looking for general or bespoke joinery work, there is an assurance that they can enjoy the same quality of work as Bruce’s royal clients. Even more reassuring is that Bruce has been passing all of his skills and experience to the next generation. Amongst the sixteen staff are his two sons plus his daughter and son in law.

Bruce and his staff can be contacted via their website or by telephone on 01387 256478. If you prefer to stop by, just head for the heart of Heathhall Industrial Estate. You will find Bruce McGarva Joinery sitting just off Tinwald Downs Road at its junction with Hurricane Road