The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 10 July 2010

CKD Galbraith market delightful listed cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire

AN OPPORTUNITY has arisen to purchase a charming former gate lodge, conveniently situated close to the popular village of Alloway.

Cambusdoon Lodge was the original gatehouse to Cambusdoon House, built for James Baird and latterly a prep school. Nowadays only the ruins of an arch from the stable wing remain of the imposing main house, along with this strikingly pretty single storey gabled lodge, which is situated at the former entrance gates and boundary wall leading off Greenfield Avenue.

The original sandstone cottage dates from 1807 and is similar in style to nearby lodge houses of the same era, with beautiful Jacobean style detailing including crow stepped gables and carved stonework. It has been extended over the years to create a delightful home with accommodation on one level. There is a formal living room with bay window and adjoining dining room, two bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom, and a sunny south west facing conservatory. To the rear are terraced gardens overlooking Belleisle Golf Course.

The village of Alloway is known for its historic connections with Robert Burns, and the location of Cambusdoon Lodge has strong associations with the Bard as being on the route that Tam O’Shanter, in the poem of the same name, took from the local inn to nearby Brig O’ Doon.

This is a unique opportunity to purchase a delightful home of historic local interest, within the heart of Alloway.

Offers Over £195,000 are being sought.

For further information: Contact Bob Cherry 01292 268181

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About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 160 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.

The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson, as well as providing a range of services to the farming community through an association with United Auctions, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists.

Independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office:

CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300

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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

ARPL Architects Ltd report progress
on eco-friendly Colmonell School

Multi-award winning Ayr-based ARPL Architects Ltd have announced that work on the new environmentally friendly primary school being built at Colmonell in South Ayrshire reached a high point last week with the top roof coverings being fitted.

The high-level roofs will be covered in turf sheltering the super-insulated naturally ventilated teaching spaces.

Construction work can now move to the inside, where the building is insulated with recycled newspaper and heated by air source heat pumps.

The project for South Ayrshire Council is being built by Ashleigh Construction to the designs of ARPL Architects Ltd.

ARPL Architects Ltd director Gordon Fleming commented: “The construction work is now moving into a very exciting phase with the internal spaces being formed and the more innovative elements of the building appearing on site.

“The interior is naturally ventilated and all the finishes are natural products, offering a very healthy environment for the children.

“Everyone is greatly looking forward to completion of the one of the greenest buildings in the south-west of Scotland towards the end of the year.”

ARPL Architects Ltd

The directors of ARPL Architects Ltd are Patrick Lorimer, Robert Gilliland, Gordon Fleming, and Rebecca Cadie with John Ramsay, Stewart Glendinning and Kenneth Handley as associates.

The ARPL philosophy is to produce buildings to the highest design standards in close consultation with its clients. Designs are innovative and sympathetic to both the immediate and the broader environment in which they are constructed, with an emphasis on sustainability. Each project embraces the unique nature of the client’s needs and the site.

Over the 36 years since Patrick Lorimer established the original practice, ARPL’s status in the profession has grown steadily in line with its position as a medium-sized practice with a reputation for well executed projects. From its base in Ayr the practice carries out projects over a wide geographical area from the Orkneys and the Western Isles to Ireland.

The firm’s project experience covers the fields of housing, churches, schools, commercial projects, private houses, community and arts buildings. Particular expertise has been developed in contemporary sustainable design, specialist conservation works and design for historically sensitive environments.

ARPL’s work has received wide recognition through numerous design and environmental awards presented over the years for its new build and conservation works. Regular success in design competitions adds to the practice portfolio.

ARPL are currently working on new and refurbishment housing for Lochside, Ayr, several church and castle conservation and restoration projects and new community facilities in the South West of Scotland. Appointments for church commissions involve a range of denominations and projects from conservation and repair to extensions and new build. The firm is also involved in country houses and estates and the design of new houses for private owners.

The practice typically handles projects with construction values ranging from £100k through to £15m.

ARPL directors have managed to keep their business stable during the current difficult times, and have a busy current workload.

ARPL Architects Ltd is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


ARPL Architects Ltd
Architects and Quantity Surveyors
11 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Patrick Lorimer
Tel: 01292 289777
Fax: 01292 288896

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Monday, 5 July 2010

First Minister leads Scottish trade
mission to China’s Shanghai Expo

SCOTTISH companies must protect their most valuable innovations if they are to make the most of the huge opportunities offered by China’s fast growing economy, First Minister Alex Salmond told business leaders today.

[Pictured at the Shanghai Expo today (left to right): SCDI chairman Robert Armour, First Minister Alex Salmond, Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson and John Rendall of HSBC.]

In an address at the Shanghai Expo on intellectual property rights in China, the First Minister said firms can protect themselves against loss of revenue, loss of reputation, and loss of competitive advantage by learning more about the IPR environment in China before entering the market.

There are a considerable number of Scottish companies doing business in China in sectors including energy, electronics, education, oil and gas. The latest Global Connections Survey statistics show that exports to China in 2008 increased by over 15 per cent compared to the previous year and the country is now the fifteenth top export destination for Scotland, valued at £295 million.

Mr Salmond said that while China offers enormous business opportunities, a “know before you go” approach to IPR can prevent future problems. Businesses looking to explore strengthening links with China can access advice through Scottish Development International’s (SDI) International Preparedness Programme

The First Minister, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) business delegation, SDI textiles mission and VisitScotland tourism group are undertaking a series of engagements, workshops and receptions in China this week to further strengthen business links and demonstrate Sino-Scottish opportunities in sectors including financial and business services, tourism, life sciences, food and drink, education and culture.

First Minister Alex Salmond (pictured above) said: “The Scottish Government and Scottish Development International are supporting a significant Scottish presence during the Shanghai Expo to help raise Scotland’s profile in China as a key destination to live, work, visit and do business.

“There are significant links that already exist between our two nations and the Scottish Government is committed to strengthening ties with China, which this year is set to overtake Japan to become the world’s second largest economy.

“China’s growth presents major economic opportunities and the presence of three trade delegations this week reflects the increasing number of Scottish firms that are exploring new opportunities to do trade in China.

“Scottish Development International, in partnership with key partners such as SCDI, is working with Scottish universities as well as companies and firms and organisations throughout China to identify and realise partnership and investment opportunities.

“There are many fine examples of Scottish success stories in China, such as Clyde Blowers, Erdington Group, Martin Currie and Standard Life. And to lay the foundations for success in this market it is important to take adequate steps to protect IPR.

“The Scottish Government and Scottish Development International are committed to ensuring Scottish businesses can successfully access the Chinese market and offer advice and assistance on how best to IPR. Planning an effective IPR strategy can ensure important decisions are taken quickly and reduce the risk of losing control of intellectual assets.

“Scottish businesses can take steps to protect themselves against loss of revenue, loss of reputation, and loss of competitive advantage by learning more about the IPR environment in China before entering the market.

“As the value of intellectual property rights to the Chinese economy develops, I am confident that the legal environment to protect those rights will improve. In the meantime Scottish companies must seek advice on the best approach to capitalising on the enormous opportunities available in China while safeguarding the seeds that will deliver their future economic success.”


Shanghai Expo

Scottish Government

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