The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Saltcoats and Ardrossan win £1.5 million
for town centre regeneration

By: Kirsty Innes

THE regeneration of Saltcoats and Ardrossan has taken a major step forward this week after funding of almost £1.5 million was secured from a Scottish Government fund.

The funds, £1.45 million in total, have been secured by a “delighted” Irvine Bay Regeneration Company from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund, and will go to refurbish key town centre buildings in the two towns.

The Government fund is making £60m available to projects across Scotland this year.

[Pictured: Irvine Bay chairman Baroness Margaret Ford with Kenneth Gibson MSP in front of the former Jack Miller Hotel in Ardrossan.]

The money makes it possible to develop the former Jack Miller Hotel and the Harbour Bar in Ardrossan as well as the former station building in Saltcoats.

The former Jack Miller Hotel building in Ardrossan will provide office accommodation for businesses in the area. Irvine Bay hopes to provide financial support, as part of a larger private investment, to refurbish the Harbour Bar and bring it back into use as a restaurant and bar to support the developments at the marina.

In Saltcoats, the former station building will be redeveloped to provide retail space or a restaurant and offices.

The new funding signals an important step forward in the regeneration of Ardrossan and Saltcoats town centres. Project teams have been set up, and development on all three projects will begin as soon as possible. The funding must be spent by March 2010.

Commenting on the successful funding application, Irvine Bay chairman Baroness Margaret Ford said: “I am delighted to have the support of the Scottish Government to refurbish the Jack Miller building. We promised two years ago that we would deal with this eyesore, and we can now crack on and do exactly that. Bringing this building back to life will make a tremendous difference to the look and feel of Princes Street. And, as a Saltcoats girl, I am as equally excited about the renovation of the old station building.”

Irvine Bay chief executive Patrick Wiggins added: “The additional grant funding from this new fund demonstrates the Government’s commitment to the regeneration of our town centres, and provides a very significant boost for the area. We are delighted to be able to move ahead with these projects so quickly. We will continue to press ahead with other developments in the town centres which will help to attract and grow business activity in the area. There is currently a shortage of good quality office accommodation around Irvine Bay, and we are actively seeking to deal with that issue.”

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company seeks to develop and revitalise the five towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Kilwinning and Irvine in North Ayrshire through a £100 million, ten year programme to boost the local economy and make the area an attractive and prosperous place to live, work and to visit. Partners are North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government.


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