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The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 31 January 2008

Klin Group development gives new
boost to regeneration of Kilmarnock


SCOTLAND’S First Minister Alex Salmond has opened Kilmarnock’s Barclay House Heritage Centre, which is set to play a key role in the regeneration of the area.

The museum is part of a larger development by local company Klin Group which includes a new housing scheme and the Encore Project - a £65million hotel-based project incorporating shops, restaurant and tourism facilities.


[Picture shows: Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond opening Kilmarnock’s Barclay House Heritage Centre with (left) East Ayrshire Council leader Douglas Reid and (right) Klin Group’s managing director Marie Macklin. Click on image to view larger version.]

The scheme will also create spaces for independent retailers, promoting local producers and artists.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Alex Salmond said: “Today we are celebrating the opening of this ambitious development which pays tribute to the work of Andrew Barclay and the pivotal role the town played in driving Scotland’s economy during the industrial revolution.

“The restoration of this historic landmark pays tribute to these achievements and is clearly another regeneration success story for Kilmarnock.”

He added: “This project has created more jobs, more homes and more opportunities for the local community, boosting the economy and its sense of civic pride.”

The heritage centre is the retirement home of the Drake 2086, a locomotive built at Barclays in 1940 for the war effort, and a giant two centuries old 30-ton crane which is set in the garden.

The centre is at the heart of a £95m completed development of luxury apartments by local company Klin Group.

Klin’s managing director Marie Macklin said: “Drake may be retired and the Barclay House project may be at an end, but it’s too early yet to close the book on regeneration of Kilmarnock.

“Another chapter is beginning with the exciting Encore Project, a £65m hotel-based development which will incorporate shops restaurants and tourism facilities in and around the old, derelict opera house buildings in John Finnie Street, Kilmarnock.”

East Ayrshire Council leader Douglas Reid praised the Klin group’s vision for Kilmarnock.

He said: “Marie is an inspirational chief executive who has brought real change to Kilmarnock. She has and will continue to challenge the conventional to help breathe life back into our town centre.”

After the opening ceremony, the First Minister chatted with guests and was also given a full tour of the development.

Local artist Ryan Mutter presented Mr Salmond with one of his paintings sponsored by the Klin Group, which will now be installed at Bute House, the First Minister's official residence.

LINKS:

The Klin Group

East Ayrshire Council

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