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Saturday, 18 December 2010

ARPL Architects Ltd recognised in Annual Roses Design Awards

Ayr-based ARPL Architects have triumphed in the Annual Roses Design Awards for 2010. Given to recognise the best design projects in architecture and design in the UK, the Roses Awards are one of the most prestigious design awards in the country.


ARPL Architects were given the highest award in the Affordable Housing category for their new housing project at Kingcase Church, Prestwick. Built for Ayrshire Housing, the project provides four houses and six flats for rent on a constrained site behind the church.

The project was carried out as a partnership with Kingcase Church who added a new extension and upgrade to their church halls alongside the housing.

The houses and flats are carefully designed to give life long flexibility in use allowing residents to remain in their own homes even if their housing needs change through disability. The buildings employ an innovative form of tile cladding on the external walls to give a striking coloured look to the project. The tile cladding, insulation levels and heat gains from the sun ensure the new homes are highly sustainable keeping residents fuel bills to a minimum.

The design award continues the regular recognition given to ARPL Architects for their design work and environmental projects.

The Kingcase project can be seen on the ARPL website at:

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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Thursday, 16 December 2010

Christmas message from John Scott, MSP for Ayr

One of the greatest privileges of serving as the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Ayr constituency is the opportunity to meet with the countless local people who give so freely of their time to help those less fortunate than themselves through voluntary efforts, and those who work in our public services to improve the quality of life for everyone living in our community.

Whether it is the efforts made by such volunteers, or just the simple act of being a good friend and good neighbour, such expressions of compassion and kindness are of particular value at this time of the year.

Christmas is a time for families and friends, but we must always remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves, and those for whom this special time is perhaps filled less with joy than with sadness.

For one day each year – Christmas Day – much of the world comes together to celebrate and share a common ideal of peace on earth and goodwill towards all men. Our resolve should be to strive to live up to this ideal each and every day.

As we approach a new year, we must renew our determination to raise the quality of life for all people. While much may divide us as a world, be it belief, creed, faith or simple geography, we are united nonetheless by our common membership of the fellowship of man.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

John Scott MSP

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan’s Christmas Message 2010

As we approach Christmas, it’s time to reflect on the past year, especially the way in which our communities have coped and responded to the inclement weather conditions. We started January 2010 with severe winter conditions and we’ve ended the year in similar fashion.

There’s much discussion about resourcefulness and the resilience within our local communities as individuals and families struggle to get back to normal after enduring some of the most severe weather conditions within living memory. However, resourcefulness and resilience appears in many forms across South Ayrshire. I witness these qualities in abundance throughout the year while carrying out my civic duties.

During 2010, I have been especially touched by the many people who have given their free time and willingly volunteer to help improve the quality of life of others. South Ayrshire is indeed fortunate to have many such volunteers who support people in so many different ways.

Several local organisations have celebrated significant landmarks in 2010 including Troon Golf Club, the Lowland Reserve Army Cadet Force, Opportunities in Retirement, Prestwick Prom, Prestwick Golf Club, Crossroads Carers, the Grand Priory of Ayrshire and Ayr Flower Show, to name but a few. Today, these organisations are all going strong thanks to the volunteers who work, often unsung, in the background.

My admiration for the work undertaken by several unsung heroes has led to the awarding of two Provost’s medals during 2010. This is only the second occasion the medals have been awarded during my time in office. The worthy recipients are Michael Hitchon and Thea Petticrew. These are two individuals who every day goes the “extra mile” to make a difference for the benefit of others.

These local residents are just two shining examples within our communities across South Ayrshire. Ordinary people who will go out to ensure others have a caring and comforting Christmas.

As the Council’s Veterans’ Champion; and following our recent Freedom Parade in Ayr, an event that marked the homecoming of 1st Battalion Scots Guards to South Ayrshire, it’s vital we remember those who cannot be with their loved ones at Christmas, as these troops are based abroad, fighting to secure our homeland security.

We must also pay tribute to those who gave their lives for our country and consider their bereaved families as the festive holiday period draws closer. Their service and self-sacrifice is both humbling and inspirational.

The warmth and appreciation our servicemen and women experienced from the people of South Ayrshire, who turned out in huge numbers to welcome the troops back home, is nothing short of inspirational. As Provost, I’d like to thank everyone who demonstrated their support to our service personnel.

So many people, especially tourists and visitors, comment South Ayrshire is a beautiful area, a great place to live, to work and enjoy life. Many of our local residents and business people are outstanding ambassadors for the county; encouraging enterprise and investment; embracing innovation as well as promoting the best South Ayrshire has to offer. These ambassadors have a clear eye on the future in terms of jobs, economic prosperity, growth and the long term future of the county.

We are due to close 2010 on a festive high with the Christmas Winter Wonderland in full swing at Wellington Square. I’ve been marveling at the footwork on display at the ice rink and have been very impressed with the number of people supporting these activities and other events organised over the forthcoming festive period.

Moving forward to 2011, we will continue to work tirelessly in order to improve the health opportunities and quality of life of all our residents. We also look forward to welcoming even greater numbers of tourists to the area and allow visitors to experience our unique, warm and friendly way of life.

Over the festive break, I hope everyone will have a chance to take time out from their daily routines and share some quality time with family and friends. Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

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