Thursday, 5 February 2009
£8m plans for Cumnock Regeneration get underway
THE regeneration of Cumnock town centre moved a giant step forward this week as the planning application for a new £8m office development was lodged with East Ayrshire Council.
[Pictured from left: Cllr Billy Crawford; Cllr Kathy Morrice; Cllr Douglas Reid; Christopher Ross, of Ross Electricals, a member of the Cumnock Town Centre Liaison Forum; Cllr Jim Buchanan; and Alan Neish, Head of Planning and Economic Development at East Ayrshire Council. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
The new office development is the first phase of the Cumnock Town Centre Regeneration Project which aims to revitalise the town centre and re-establish Cumnock as the principal town in the southern part of East Ayrshire. The Project aims to provide more jobs in the town centre, expand and enhance the available retail provision, enhance public realm and town centre environment, and implement an improved traffic management and parking strategy.
The development on Greenholm Road will provide quality, modern accommodation for East Ayrshire Council and partner agencies, to provide a range of services on a co-location basis. The Council have confirmed that approximately 150 employees will relocate to the new offices as part of a review of its existing office accommodation provision.
Services moving to the Greenholm Road development include planning and building standards, community planning, libraries, roads, registrars, housing, social work and Community Learning & Development. They will be vacating a number of substandard buildings at Lugar and elsewhere in Cumnock.
Proposals contained within the office building application, which extends to 2990 square metres (32,185 sq ft), include:
• 3 storey “L” shaped building;
• Shared reception for all services;
• Civic square forming the principal entrance to the building;
• Registrars office with integrated marriage suite;
• New local library;
• Additional car parking for the office development.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council said: “I am delighted to announce receipt of this planning application as it marks the start of an exciting period of regeneration and renewal for Cumnock Town Centre.
“When completed, the whole project will provide opportunities for shopping, education, leisure and recreation for the people of Cumnock and the surrounding communities. East Ayrshire Council is fully committed to the regeneration of Cumnock and the new office development is a key element of that.”
Councillor Jim Buchanan, Spokesperson for Environment & Regeneration added: ”This new office development will improve access to a number of local services, offering local people a one door approach in the heart of the local community. Following planning approval, construction could begin as early as summer 2009.
“We estimate that some 70 jobs will be created on the site throughout the construction period, giving the local economy a much needed boost. Approximately 30% will be local jobs employed by local sub-contractors or direct labour.”
The development is being delivered and managed as part of a joint venture partnership, with East Ayrshire Council having entered into a joint venture contract with Deanway Muir Ltd. Deanway Muir itself is the result of a partnership between Deanway Development and the Muir Group.
Alex Galbraith, a director of Deanway Muir Ltd said: “I am delighted that Deanway Muir is fulfilling the role of private sector partner to East Ayrshire Council in bringing forward the regeneration of Cumnock town centre. The planning application lodged this week is the first tangible step in that process and is a major milestone in bringing the project vision into reality.”
The joint venture company has appointed a full team of technical consultants, including architects, engineers and surveyors to develop the project. Davis Langdon is the appointed Project Manager.
Marion Gilliland, Chair of the Cumnock Town Centre Liaison Forum commented: “This is a very exciting time for Cumnock and the local business community. The new office development will bring much needed investment to the town and is a sign of a more positive future facing Cumnock.”
East Ayrshire Council
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