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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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Friday, 23 October 2009


New Prestwick Academy building officially opened by Lord Lang

THE new Prestwick Academy building was officially opened on Thursday 22 October 2009 by the Rt Hon Lord Ian Lang of Monkton (pictured below).


An important part of South Ayrshire Council’s £76 million investment programme in schools, the new Prestwick Academy, which cost approximately £26 million, was designed and built as an exciting and inspiring learning environment. It provides indoor and outdoor facilities that will serve the people of Prestwick and surrounding areas for many years to come.


[Lord and Lady Lang are pictured with the plaque that Lord Lang unveiled to mark the official opening of the new Prestwick Academy building.]

After officially opening the new school building Lord Lang said: “This is a top quality building, and I warmly congratulate the South Ayrshire Council and all those involved in its planning, design and construction. It takes its place within an impressive Council programme of school modernisation throughout the area.
 
“Quality begets quality. I hope that the new Prestwick Academy will inspire teachers and pupils alike for many years to come, to deliver and to benefit from a top quality education. I consider it a great privilege to be asked to participate in the official opening ceremony.” 
 
The guests at the official opening ceremony enjoyed a full programme of entertainment provided by talented pupils that included a string orchestra, Scottish Highland Dancers, folk groups, fiddle orchestra, the school choir, Les Miserables Medley by the school show June 2010 cast.

Since 2008 schools have also been completed at Monkton, Alloway, Barassie and Belmont, with a new annexe completed at Kyle Academy.

Councillor Hywel Davies, the Council’s Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder said: “The new school building is a fitting place for young people to learn, prosper and grow into active citizens. Our young people deserve the best possible schools that we can provide, and Prestwick Academy is certainly a place that pupils, staff and the communities it serves can be proud of.

“Schools are about more than buildings, the entertainment provided by the pupils at the opening ceremony clearly demonstrated the wide range of talents the pupils have. Pupils are the heart of any school, however, a modern learning environment provides them with a place to learn new skills, build on their existing knowledge and gain valuable life experience.”

Head teacher Gordon Bone said: “The new Prestwick Academy building is allowing us to develop further our approaches to learning and teaching. It provides us with a modern learning centre designed to equip our young people with the necessary skills, knowledge and positive attitudes to achieve their full potential and enable them to lead healthy, productive lives.

“By instilling adaptability, independence and a strong sense of positive values we will assist our young people to realise their ambitions and build a better future for all.”

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