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The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Transformation of Irvine Harbour gets planning approval

A £60 MILLION plan to create a stunning waterfront for Irvine has been approved by North Ayrshire Council.

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and innovative developers Urban Splash have received planning permission for the multi-million pound plans to regenerate the 12 acre site at Irvine Harbour and create a mixed-use scheme.

As the plans are for a site owned by the council they also require the endorsement of the Scottish Government.

The development will see the creation of 360 new homes, 30,000 sq ft of cafes, restaurants, shops and offices and a hotel.

The submission of the planning applications followed an extensive and successful public consultation.

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company commercial director Omar Elmi said: “The transformation of Irvine Harbour and the creation of a vibrant place with stunning views and a wonderful location is a key part of our plans for the area. Our remit is to work with our partners to create successful, sustainable communities and we believe this proposal will go some way to doing that.”

Patrick Sheridan of Urban Splash said: “The development will create a fantastic place for people to live, and also as a place for people to enjoy leisure time, to work, and to visit.

“It is intended that the development will be phased over ten years.”

The scheme is the first Urban Splash project in Scotland and will add to its award winning regeneration efforts in other parts of the UK including the Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Lister Mills in Bradford, the Matchworks in Liverpool, Fort Dunlop and the Rotunda in Birmingham and the Royal William Yard in Plymouth.

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. The company's partners are North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government.

Urban Splash

Award winning property developer Urban Splash is the country’s leading regeneration company. It delivers true mixed-use schemes including residential property of all tenures, commercial office, retail and a hotel.

Founded in 1993 by Tom Bloxham MBE and Jonathan Falkingham, the company has its head office in Manchester with regional offices in Liverpool, Bradford, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.

Urban Splash has delivered challenging and exciting regeneration projects across the country including Fort Dunlop in Birmingham, Chimney Pot Park in Salford, Castlefield and New Islington in Manchester, The Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Royal William Yard in Plymouth, Lister Mills in Bradford, Rotunda in Birmingham, Matchworks in Garston and the Ropewalks in Liverpool.

In total the company has delivered hundreds of millions of pounds worth of new homes and commercial space.

The company has received over 290 awards to date for its commitment to architecture, design, regeneration and business success including 41 RIBA Awards the most won by a property developer.

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