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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

East Ayrshire Council adds backing to ambitious plans for important Kilmarnock site

A landmark regeneration plan that could create around 1,000 permanent new jobs on the site of the former Diageo bottling plant in Kilmarnock was today (28 September) given the backing of East Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet.


The ambitious “HALO” Urban Park project, spearheaded by Kilmarnock-based developers Klin Group, will be mainly funded by the private sector but has already secured financial backing from the site’s owners, Diageo, who have pledged £2m to support the proposed regeneration and to donate the 23 acres of land, subject to the project meeting certain economic and community benefit goals and securing financial backing from central government. Today, East Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet also approved £2m of support for the project.

East Ayrshire Council will now seek a further £10m financial support for the scheme from the Scottish and UK Governments through the Ayrshire Growth Deal. The Halo project is one of a number of economic regeneration projects the Council is putting forward, alongside North and South Ayrshire Councils, for funding totaling £359m through the Ayrshire Growth Deal.


Marie Macklin (pictured above), Chair of Klin Group, said: “Kilmarnock deserves the very best for this iconic site and that is what we are setting out to deliver. We listened carefully to what the people of the town had to say and the HALO Project will provide a fitting and sustainable legacy for the Hill Street site that will last for generations of Kilmarnock residents to come.”

David Cutter, President of Global Supply & Procurement, Diageo plc said: “We are delighted to partner with East Ayrshire Council to support this regeneration proposal for Kilmarnock. Our ambition has always been to see this site redeveloped to the benefit of the local economy and community.

“Alongside the new college campus which is due to open soon at the site, we believe this regeneration plan will create a positive legacy for Kilmarnock and we hope it will gain the necessary support from the Ayrshire Growth Deal to make it a reality.”

Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council, said: “These proposals are a key element of East Ayrshire Council’s ambitions for the Ayrshire Growth Deal and will greatly contribute to the regeneration of Kilmarnock, breathing new life into the remainder of the site previously occupied by the Johnnie Walker bottling plant.”

Today’s news represents a major step forward for the project’s champions, Kilmarnock-based Klin Group, who were the original visionaries for the Hill Street site and who secured an option to develop the site from Diageo. Since then, wide community consultation has taken place alongside other research locally, nationally and internationally. The result is an imaginative, brown field regeneration scheme that is set to revitalise Kilmarnock and boost the wider economy of Ayrshire.

The proposal is for an Urban Park that will create a commercial, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter for Kilmarnock. Plans include:

A Resilience Capability Business Centre for digital and online resilience businesses in research, development and application, locating innovators in financial services, private investors, insurance and technology companies
An enterprise, engineering, manufacturing and textiles centre for small and medium sized businesses
1,000 capacity education, conference and exhibition centre (benefiting local schools, colleges and universities)
A cultural hub for small creative businesses and social enterprises in crafts, film, art, music, media, literature, marketing and technology
A year-round leisure and water sports facility
3,000m2 of commercial offices
Health & wellbeing premises, life-style shops and cafes
Landscaped public plaza
175 affordable rented houses
An energy centre powering a district heating system
Public space including new road and footpath networks connecting to the Rail Station and town centre.

The HALO proposal will be a phased development that will:

Create around 1,000 sustainable jobs
Enhance Kilmarnock’s appeal as a destination for commerce, leisure and learning
Strengthen the resilience of Kilmarnock town centre
Capitalise on the site’s rail and motorway links
Complement and add value to the adjoining, newly built Ayrshire College
Contribute to the wider economic growth of Ayrshire.



Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Confucius Hub strengthens ties with Chinese language and culture

Young people across South Ayrshire are being given the opportunity to develop language and cultural ties with China. The Council officially opened its first Confucius Hub at Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr on Thursday 22 September, 2016.


South Ayrshire Council has been actively working with the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools, which is a national centre, funded by the Scottish Government and Hanban/the Confucius Institute Headquarters of China. It was established in 2012 in partnership with Tianjin Education Commission. The purpose is to promote Chinese language and culture in schools. From that beginning the Council has developed its own dedicated classroom hubs, which will be working with secondary and primary schools across South Ayrshire by the end of 2016.

In 2015/16, as part of the Hub programme, a Chinese teacher worked with 600 young people aged 3-17 from schools across South Ayrshire. Activity included: improving language skills, and raising cultural awareness through activities such as Chinese dance and calligraphy.

Other activity has included two 17-day cultural tours to China. In 2015, participants took part in a celebration in Beijing with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, at an event designed to foster closer relations and business links between Scotland and China.

Councillor Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning, said the Hub approach made sense. “The Hub at Queen Margaret Academy has already established itself as a valuable resource that’s benefited hundreds of people, and we will build on that success in the coming years.

“China already enjoys close ties with Scotland and anything which prepares the next generation to take advantage of new opportunities is welcome.

“There are real opportunities to attract fresh investment to South Ayrshire from China in the aerospace and engineering sectors, and by broadening access to education we will equip our young people to capitalise on rewarding careers.”

A spokesperson for Hangan said: "We congratulate South Ayrshire on the launch of its Confucius Classroom Hub. Hanban acts as a bridge between Scotland and China, contributing to closer friendship between our two nations. We are looking forward to seeing the growth of the learning and teaching of Mandarin in Scotland as this partnership progresses.”

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Monday, 26 September 2016

Ayrshire man’s dedication sees old Galston building restored

People buy and restore old buildings for many reasons, and with Conservation Area Regeneration (CARS) funding available through East Ayrshire Council and Historic Envirionment Scotland, more owners are now taking on ambitious renovation projects. But Stephen Scoular’s story is more unusual than most - a tale of detective work which led to him being party to an archeological dig and tracking down a German-based Russian opera singer, all because of his dislike of some peeling paint in Galston.


Driving to work from Galston to Glasgow every day, businessman Stephen Scoular became increasingly frustrated every time he stopped at the traffic lights at the Cross. Not because he’s an impatient driver, but just because of the sad state of repair of the building on the corner, one of the oldest in town.

Eventually he heard that the top flat in the building at 33-35 Bridge Street was up for sale at a very reasonable price (partly due to its poor state of repair) and, bursting to give it “a good coat of paint and a tidy up”, he put in a successful offer.

Of course, true to the nature of old buildings, he soon discovered that it needed more than just a coat of paint, but was unable to make much progress with improving it while others also shared the building. He explains: “I really thought if I just bought the flat and tidied it up a bit that would do, but there were issues with the roof and the general fabric of the building which I couldn’t fix without access to the whole building, so the simplest solution seemed to be to buy the other owners out.”

“And that’s where it got a bit more complicated. It turned out that part of the rest of the building belonged to a Russian opera singer, now living in Bonn in Germany, who’d bought it a number of years before, intending to use it as a music school because of its proximity to Moscow – the one up the road, not the one in her homeland! She’d never visited it and the property was lying empty and deteriorating.

“It took some detective work to track her down, but fortunately eventually we were able to acquire the remainder of the building. Then, with the help of East Ayrshire Council’s CARS team, we were able to set about planning an extensive programme of renovation and repair.”

Working in conjunction with the CARS team, Rebecca Cadie and Oliver Elliott of ARPL Architects and Ewan Mackie of Prime Build who oversaw the construction, Stephen has set about a comprehensive programme of renovation using strictly prescribed traditional methods and materials, in keeping with the rules of the CARS ethos. Funded jointly by East Ayrshire Council and Historic Environment Scotland, the scheme gives owners of conservation area buildings up to 90% of the cost of renovating architecturally important properties which would otherwise be uneconomic to repair.

In this case, the age of the building which is thought to date to the 1830s, and the suspicion that it might have been built on the site of an earlier settlement, meant that the floor had to be lifted and an archeological dig carried out. While it found no trace of the earlier habitation, it did reveal traces of the building’s former use as a pub, with the discovery of some old coins and clay pipes – once widely given out as a sales promotion to beer drinkers in the days before cigarettes.

Stephen is planning to feature the items in a specially built display case once all the work is complete. He says: “What started as a plan to tidy up an eyesore has become a bit of a passion, and now it’s about to become my new place of work! I’m relocating my office here and I’ve got a tenant who will be taking over the ground floor and setting up a new business. It will be good to see it coming back into use, and we’re getting a special display case made to show off the artefacts discovered during the dig. I’m delighted that we’ve managed to save this building and bring some new life to Galston Cross. None of it would have been possible without the help and support I’ve had through the CARS project.”

As a builder, Ewan has been involved in many such projects in and around Ayrshire in recent years. Projects like this have helped keep skilled tradesmen in employment through the worst of the recession, and a skills shortage has meant that we’re having to train more young people so we can meet the specialist requirements of the contracts. Wherever possible we employ local craftsmen for these heritage jobs and it’s great to see their skills being kept alive. With so many old buildings in the area, there’s plenty of restoration work to keep us busy for years to come as long as there’s funding like this.”

Councillor Jim Buchanan, Cabinet Member for Economy, East Ayrshire Council said: “This project exemplifies all that’s so exciting about regeneration. Helping preserve our architectural heritage, bringing companies together to co-operate, employing local skilled people, providing training opportunities and creating wind and watertight, fit for purpose buildings and business premises in the heart of our towns. The people of Galston have waited patiently to see these first CARS projects near completion, and this is just the first of many positive changes to the townscape which we’ll be seeing in the months and years to come.”

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ARPL Architects Ltd is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Scottish buy-to-let market remains resilient

The Scottish buy-to-let market has remained strong throughout 2016 and continues to offer competitive investment yields for landlords, reports Scotland’s leading property consultancy, CKD Galbraith.


[Pictured: Bob Cherry, partner at CKD Galbraith.]

The firm has experienced sustained demand for good quality investment properties despite the raft of legislative changes within the lettings sector, with particular interest received from the 55-plus demographic with pension lump sums at their disposal.

In April this year the 3% levy on second homes came into force and next year will see the introduction of the Private Tenancies Act replacing the current letting system in Scotland. Many expected such changes and Brexit uncertainty would negatively impact the lettings market and deter those considering investing in buy-to-let properties. However, CKD Galbraith believes the lettings market remains resilient with both property supply and demand remaining steady.

The firm’s experience mirrors the findings of a recent report published by BM Solutions, the buy-to-let brand of Lloyds Banking Group which indicated rental yields have remained strong with Scotland showing an average of 6.3 per cent.

Bob Cherry, partner at CKD Galbraith, commented: “The lettings market in Scotland still represents a sound investment opportunity for those looking to put their savings into bricks and mortar. As always, the vagaries of the buy-to-let market are subject to regional trends but overall demand remains especially strong from those who have reached or are approaching retirement age.

“Recent changes to pension schemes has resulted in many people choosing to withdraw savings as a lump sum and invest the money into a market that offers attractive yields. With the Bank of England base rate having been cut to 0.25%, suitable buy-to-let properties offering an average yield of around five to seven per cent are often preferable to savings accounts and ISAs which might not offer such good interest rates.

“Property is still viewed as one of the most popular and safest forms of investment for large sums of money, and with the right advice, can offer landlords a very appealing and long-term investment option given the continued shortage of good quality housing supply.”


CKD Galbraith is currently handling the sale of 18 Wood Court Troon (pictured above), now under offer, a 2-bedroom apartment which will provide a buy-to-let landlord purchaser with a 5.3% gross yield per year.

Rural properties in particular remain in high demand from tenants, with two to four bedroom rural cottages averaging anywhere from £500 to £900 per month. With higher capital values for attractive cottages, the return on capital is often not as good as on apartments in town but still beats many alternative investments. 


For example, CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office sold East Browncastle Bungalow (pictured above) for £181,000, having previously let it for £825 per month, a gross yield of 5.4%.

CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS 
Tel: 01292 268181 
Fax: 01292 292300 

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 225 staff in offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perthshire, Cupar, Inverness, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying international reach.

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing and providing advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests on over three million acres.  CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland and northern England. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Monday, 5 September 2016

First class delivery every day at the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival

By: Ian Ferguson 

TENSION is building ahead of the 2016 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival at Ayr Racecourse next week, at which more than £680,000 in prize money will be up for grabs.


[Don't Touch trained by Richard Fahey 
wins the 2015 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.]

For the first time ever there is a Class 1 race on each of the three days, with the William Hill Doonside Cup, a Listed Race, moving from the Saturday to Thursday with some high quality horses competing for the £65,000 prize fund.

The highlights on Friday include the £50,000 Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes over six furlongs and the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup, also over six furlongs.

Scotland’s only Group race, the Group 3 William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes, another six furlong sprint, is run on Saturday alongside the William Hill Ayr Gold and Silver Cups.

This year’s Gold Cup is shaping up well with the Richard Fahey trained Growl, the 7-1 ante post favourite with sponsors William Hill. Fahey won the race last year with Don’t Touch and will be keen to land the spoils again, while there has been a significant move for Magnus Maximus who won the Listed Garrowby Stakes at York on Sunday.

Other likely contenders include the David Nicholls trained pair Orion’s Bow and Kimberella, Bryan Smart’s Nameitwhatyoulike and Jim Goldie’s Jack Dexter.

The action begins on Thursday 15 September with the first race at 2.00pm. For more information or to book online call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Monday, 29 August 2016

South Ayrshire seeks new business and closer cultural ties after Chinese visit

The drive to bring fresh investment and new jobs to South Ayrshire has been taken to an international audience from China. 

South Ayrshire Council has hosted a delegation from Shanghai, in a visit which marks growing links between Scottish and Chinese cultures.


[Pictured: The delegation from Shanghai 
began their tour at County Buildings in Ayr.]

Chinese visitors currently contribute more than £100 million to the Scottish economy, with more than £530 million of goods shipped from Scotland to China in exports.  China itself is the world’s largest goods exporter, reaching out to markets across the world during a period of high growth.


[The Chinese delegation was impressed by South Ayrshire's 
tourism - pictured here at Culzean Castle.]

This developing relationship was marked in South Ayrshire recently, when a group of local government representatives from the Jiading district of Shanghai were taken on a whistle-stop tour of the area. 


[Pictured: The Chinese delegation was impressed 
by the Drawing Room at Culzean Castle.}

The two-day visit included tours of William Grant & Sons and Landenergy in Girvan, the Confucius Hub at Queen Margaret Academy (where the delegation met with young people that visited Beijing earlier this year as part of a cultural programme), the University of the West of Scotland, Ayrshire College, Burns Heritage Museum in Alloway, and Culzean Castle.


[Pictured: The Chinese delegation go back 
to school at Queen Margaret Academy.]

The tour allowed delegates to see first-hand, South Ayrshire’s global reputation for tourism and business, with recent success stories highlighted to make the case. This year’s Open in Troon brought 173,000 visitors to the area, with the event worth more than £80m to the local economy. Prestwick is also enjoying a period of growth, with opportunities highlighted for overseas companies to invest in the aerospace and aeronautics sectors.


[Pictured: Pupils from Queen Margaret Academy 
met with the Chinese group as part of the tour.]

Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Tourism & Leisure said there are real opportunities to attract companies to set-up business in the area, “We’re serious about bringing fresh investment to South Ayrshire, with new jobs and bright career prospects both factors that will help to drive growth in the years ahead.

“The recent interest from Shanghai is testament to the work being carried out to promote our area to an international audience, and the feedback we’ve already received about fostering closer ties is encouraging.

“Once investors see what we have on offer I’m confident that we can, and will, attract new companies to set up in South Ayrshire from China. Work is already underway in our business and education sectors to make this a mutually beneficial, long-term project.”

South Ayrshire Council has been actively working with the Confucius hub, jointly funded by the Scottish Government and Hanban Confucius Institute Headquarters, to promote Chinese language and culture in our secondary schools. The centre was established in 2012 in partnership with Tianjin Education Commission.  From that beginning the Council has developed its own dedicated classroom hubs, both of which will be working with Secondary and Primary schools across South Ayrshire by the end of 2016.

In the last two years eight young people have taken part in 17-day educational trips to China to experience the language and culture first-hand. In 2015, as part of this programme, participants took part in a celebration in Beijing with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, at an event designed to foster closer relations and business links between Scotland and China.

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

CKD Galbraith offers for sale a handsome country house in a sought after location

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Craigmarloch House, a beautiful country house built around 1840 and located just half a mile from the picturesque village of Kilmacolm in Renfrewshire. The village lies just under 20 miles from Glasgow city centre on the north side of the Gryffe Valley, and is well known for its high-value properties and excellent independent schooling.


The property overlooks its own grounds of about 7½ acres, offering privacy and seclusion as well as excellent grazing for equestrian or agricultural purposes. Much of the original character and charm of the house has been retained, including the wide timber doors and ironmongery, beamed ceiling in the kitchen and stone fireplaces. 

The entrance is approached by shallow stone steps, sheltered by an open porch.


The reception hall is spacious enough to be used as a living or dining room – especially with the log burning stove roaring. 


The formal living room is lovely and has a polished hardwood floor and duel aspect windows. 


The kitchen is also worthy of note. Traditional “butler’s pantry” style units are complemented by granite worktops and a racing green Aga. The utility room is located off the kitchen. A downstairs bedroom and bathroom complete the ground floor accommodation. Three further bedrooms are located on the first floor. 

The master bedroom has a large ensuite bathroom and there is a separate shower room. 


A first floor sitting room could easily be adapted to a further bedroom if required.


The gardens of Craigmarloch House are awash with seasonal colour. A level lawn is sheltered and screened by an area of mature woodland and beyond the woodland lies a well fenced paddock of about 5½ acres. The outbuildings are mainly adjoining the house including a large double garage and stabling for two horses.

Offers Over £475,000 are being sought. PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co

CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS 
Tel: 01292 268181 
Fax: 01292 292300 

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 225 staff in offices across Scotland - including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perthshire, Cupar, Inverness, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying international reach.

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing and providing advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests on over three million acres.  CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland and northern England. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

To find out more about CKD Galbraith visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Tarbolton Community Campus reaches first major milestone

Construction work on the new Tarbolton Community Campus has reached its first major milestone. The steel frame for the new South Ayrshire Council project is now complete, with the project on course to be completed on time and on budget.



[Pictured: Artist's impression of how the 
Tarbolton Community Campus will look.]

The £8.2m project will provide places for 297 primary children and 40 early years children, with sports, leisure, library facilities, and meeting rooms all being provided under one roof, to be used as shared facilities for the whole community. The project includes a new multi-use games area which has already been completed and will shortly be available for community use.

The flexible design of the campus will allow education and community use of the building to be offered at the same time, maximising access to this valuable resource.

The front of the new campus will be extensively landscaped to provide car parking and to ensure the campus is accessible from all parts of the village.

Since the project got underway in March the main contractor, Morrison Construction, has been working to complete the steel frame, with work now focusing on developing the building’s exterior.

Councillor Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council’s Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder, said the project was making good progress. “In the space of just a few months the project has been transformed from a blueprint design to a recognisable building.

“This investment will have a significant impact on this rural community, with the campus providing modern educational facilities for generations of children, as well as providing a valuable local focal point.

“Across South Ayrshire 110 million is being invested over a five-year period, something that will leave a positive legacy for thousands of people.”

The new building is set to open in early 2017.

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Friday, 12 August 2016

House price growth eases in Scotland while demand and sales fall

House price growth in Scotland continued to slow during July, while key indicators covering price expectations, buyer enquiries, agreed sales and new instructions all remained negative, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey.   


The Scottish house price measure remained in positive territory, albeit marginally, with just 8% more respondents reporting a rise rather than fall in prices. Slowing house price growth is evident across most UK, with the London price indicator remains more downbeat (net balance of -33%) which is broadly consistent with an outright drop in prices in the capital. As price growth slows for now, near term price expectations across the UK were negative for the third month in succession with 12% more respondents predicting a decline in house prices over the next three months. 

As activity falters, interest from new buyers in Scotland also continues to wane, with the results showing a third consecutive month of falling demand (net balance of -18%).    

Lack of stock in the Scottish housing market continues to cause ripples, with new instructions falling again in the month of July.  14% more respondents to the survey have seen a fall in new instructions and supply is at or around record lows in most parts of the UK.  In line with the dip in demand and the worsening supply position, sales declined sharply. Throughout Scotland, 11% more respondents reported a fall in transactions. This reflects a continuation of a trend that started back in April following the implementation of the tax surcharge on investment purchases. Anecdotal reports provided by contributors to the survey suggest both the tax change and the ongoing fall-out from the EU referendum are contributing to the current mood in the market. 

Greg Davidson MRICS, Graham + Sibbald, commented: “Political uncertainty has had an impact, but initial feedback suggests this is maybe short term for the majority of the mainstream domestic market. Scotland’s prime markets may have a slower recovery, but these still offer good value for money.” 

Significantly looking a little further out, key RICS indicators for the UK are up in July from June and show both sales and price expectations at the twelve month time horizon returning to positive territory, albeit relatively modestly so, and well down on the numbers recorded through 2015 and the early part of this year.  

RICS chief economist Simon Rubinsohn commented: “The housing market is currently balancing a raft of somewhat mixed economic news alongside the latest policy measures announced by the Bank of England, which have already begun to lower cost of mortgage finance. Against this backdrop, it is not altogether surprising that near term activity measures remain relatively flat. However the rebound in the key twelve month indicators in the July survey suggest that confidence remains more resilient than might have been anticipated. 

“Critically, it is hard to escape the stark message regarding supply that is evident in the latest set of results with RICS data showing inventories on agents’ books around historic lows on average. This is a long running story that may have been exacerbated by recent events, but clearly needs urgent action from the Scottish Government.” 


Monday, 8 August 2016

New school extension will transform education for children in Troon

Education for children at Troon Primary School will be transformed after work is completed on a significant new extension. The South Ayrshire Council project to replace the old dining hall with a new multi-use wing will dramatically improve facilities for the local community.


[Pictured: Artist’s impression of how the new 
Troon Primary School extension will look.]

The £1.97m project involves the demolition of the existing stand-alone dining hall; construction of a double height assembly / gym hall / dining hall; a single-storey building housing changing facilities, and kitchen; improved accessibility including a new lift. Internal alterations are also required to allow the new accommodation to connect to the existing building, alongside the relocation and enlargement of the infant toilet accommodation.

The main contractor for the project will be Prestwick-based Ashleigh (Scotland). The project will be managed by the Council’s Professional Design Service. 

In the next five years £110m is being invested in schools across South Ayrshire. Of this £110m investment, £85m is from South Ayrshire, with £25m of additional funding secured from the Scottish Government.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder said the project will make a significant difference. “This major new addition to Troon Primary School will deliver real benefits to generations of children in the local community.

“While the work will continue during term time we’ve planned temporary catering arrangements for the next school year which will minimise disruption on day-to-day activity.

“Once completed this striking new extension will significantly enhance available facilities and I’m sure people will be impressed with the building once they see it for themselves.”

Construction work is due to start on site on 8 August 2016 and will take 45 weeks to complete. The school will remain operational during term times and temporary dining arrangements have been formed within the existing school.

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.