The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Irvine firm wins major regeneration
contracts in Saltcoats and Ardrossan

WORK is due to start later this month on iconic projects in the regeneration of Ardrossan and Saltcoats, Irvine Bay Regeneration Company announced this week.

Local contractors McLaughlin Construction of Irvine will go on site from 26 October at the former Jack Miller Hotel and Saltcoats station building.

The work is being undertaken after funding of almost £1.5 million was secured from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

The Government fund is making £60m available to projects across Scotland this year. The former Jack Miller Hotel building in Ardrossan (pictured above) 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 (pictured below) will be redeveloped to provide retail space or office space and also a restaurant.

Baroness Margaret Ford, Chair of Irvine Bay said: “Bringing these buildings back to life will make a tremendous difference to the look and feel of both Ardrossan and Saltcoats and I am delighted that we have a local contractor in place and are starting work.”

McLaughlin Construction director Shaun McLaughlin said: “We are delighted to have been awarded these prestigious contracts within our local area and look forward to continuing our successful working relationship with Irvine Bay Regeneration Company. These contracts help us to maintain our locally based workforce together with our existing apprenticeship scheme in addition to improving the local environment for the benefit of all.”

Irvine Bay chief executive Patrick Wiggins added: “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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