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Thursday, 4 September 2008

Scotland’s biggest brownfield regeneration
project is in North Ayrshire

By: Murdoch MacDonald

A MASTERPLAN has been submitted for Scotland’s largest brownfield regeneration project at the Ardeer Peninsula in North Ayrshire.

The massive development will see more than £500m invested in Ardeer over the next 15 years and will create more than 1000 new jobs and 1300 new homes.

Scottish-based NPL Estates has commissioned architecture and planning practice Keppie Design to develop the plan.

NPL Estates, owners of the site, are working in partnership with North Ayrshire Council to deliver the project. It includes high quality business and industrial parks, environmental improvements, the provision for existing industry to expand, a golf and marina development, a neighbourhood centre and a major extension to Ardeer and Stevenston.

Owned by ICI until 1998, the site was formerly the largest explosives plant in the world and home to Alfred Nobel’s Explosives Company. Activity on the site was at its peak during the 1950s and 60s when nearly 15,000 people from the surrounding towns worked there.

The Ardeer Peninsula spans 1700 acres of land along the Ayrshire coastline beside the 'three towns' of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston. The core objectives of the masterplan are to clean up the site, create employment, protection and enhancement of the environment and the creation of a sustainable, extended community.

NPL Estates managing director Simon Towers said: “This exciting plan is the culmination of over 5 years design and consultation work and will deliver unprecedented regeneration in an area which has experienced a decline in socio-economic conditions following the downturn of heavy industry in the area.

“This plan will reverse those conditions and will deliver real benefits to the area and local people.”

Keppie Design associate Suzanne McIntosh commented: “We are delighted to be working on such a visionary project which will be key to reviving the whole area.

“This is one of the largest brownfield regeneration projects in the country and we look forward to continue working with NPL Estates and North Ayrshire Council and being part of such an important regeneration project.”

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