The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 5 January 2012

ARPL Architects win third award for Colmonell Primary School design

Colmonell Primary School has won another prestigious award, the Glasgow Institute of Architecture Gold Award, which acknowledges the innovative and unique design of the school.

The school previously scooped two silver awards in the annual Roses Design Awards for its iconic and outstanding design.

The £1.5 million eco-friendly primary school in Colmonell features a grass roof and environmentally friendly credentials. Built using sustainable building materials, high levels of insulation and low cost heating powered by air source heat pumps. – the new is proving to be a hit with pupils, staff and the local community.

The award went to ARPL Architects, who designed the school to accommodate 50 pupils in two composite classes and a nursery class for 10 children. The school has spacious teaching area, a dining and sports hall, a central open area with a library and a variety of spaces for the staff.

South Ayrshire Council Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning Hywel Davies said: “I am delighted that Colmonell Primary School has won such a prestigious award.

“We asked for a sustainable school that would serve the village into the future, and that is exactly what we got.

“The school has an innovative design which enables the children to learn in an environmentally friendly building which minimises energy use. The interior space utilises natural daylight and ventilation, providing a healthy environment for the children.

“This school is an outstanding success, the pupils and staff enjoy learning and teaching there, parents and local residents are happy with it, it is everything that we planned for and more.

“The school is a credit to the architects, designers, builders and agencies involved in its creation, and thoroughly deserving of the plaudits received.

“Everyone who worked on creating this school created a rural school which meets all the educational needs of the children in an innovative way.

“For the school to receive a Glasgow Institute of Architecture Gold Award is truly outstanding, the pupils currently being educated there and generations to come will enjoy learning in this iconic building.”

Yvonne Templeton, Head Teacher of Colmonell Primary School said: “I am delighted that our school has won a Glasgow Institute of Architecture Gold Award.

“The pupils and staff really enjoy learning and interacting in such an innovative and unique school, it has made such a difference to us and the local community.”

Gordon Fleming, the director of ARPL Architects who designed the school, said: “We are delighted with winning a third award for Colmonell School. The recognition for the innovative design is a great compliment for our school work, and adds to the appreciation we have received from the village community and South Ayrshire Council.”

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
Architects and Quantity Surveyors
11 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN

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

ARPL Architects is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Owen Kerr Signs points entrance to Gaiety Theatre café bar

Ayr-based visual communications experts Owen Kerr Signs ended the year 2011 on a high note, firstly by erecting the signage for The Stage Door, the new café bar at the Gaiety Theatre, and then once again sponsoring and running the Owen Kerr Signs Christmas Banner Competition for schoolchildren in Ayrshire.

The improvement works underway at the Gaiety will create a new fully functioning café/bar and box office as the first stage towards the reopening of the theatre complex.

This will establish a flexible facility that can be used for stand-alone events in a fabulous, modern and purpose-built space.

Ian Welsh, Chair of the Ayr Gaiety Partnership, said: “We are keen to re-establish the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr as a must-visit venue for local people and visitors to the area, and the opening of a fully licensed café/bar will give them their first chance to come through our doors since the theatre closed in 2009.

“The Gaiety lies at the heart of the town, and the new café/bar will be a welcome place to meet – whether for morning coffee, a light snack, lunch, or dinner or just a couple of drinks.

“This is yet another step forward in our exciting project to reopen the Gaiety and I hope that, once the café/bar opens, as many people as possible will pop in and enjoy this fantastic new facility for the town.”

Councillor Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure added: “The opening of the new style café/bar at the Gaiety will bring a very welcome boost to our local economy. It will create jobs and provide a new place for people to meet and enjoy themselves in colourful comfortable surroundings.

“The café/bar is conveniently situated close to parking and the bus station, so residents and visitors coming into Ayr town centre, day or night, will be able to easily get access and I'm sure it will prove to be a popular place to go.”

Commenting on completing the signage for the Stage Door café restaurant at the Gaiety Theatre, Owen Kerr said: “When I left school in 1980 I served my time as a scenic artist with Ben Popplewell & Sons Scenic Studios based in River Street, Ayr.

“I worked on scenery for theatres all over Scotland, but spent much of my time painting backdrops on the paint rail high above the stage at Ayr Gaiety. I left Popplewell’s to start my own sign making business in 1983, and now almost 30 years later own and run Ayrshire’s biggest and longest established sign and display company.

“The experience I gained whilst working for Popplewell’s has proved invaluable throughout this time, and is the foundation of my sign-making skills.

“I have never forgotten the great times I had and the interesting people I met whilst painting and building scenery. Ayr Gaiety has always been close to my heart and it’s great to be involved in the renaissance of this famous Scottish Theatre.”

Owen Kerr Signs Christmas Banner Competition

Every year Owen Kerr Signs runs a competition for school children to design a banner to go up in Ayr as part of the Christmas festivities.

Talented young artist Jack McWhirter a P5 pupil from Straiton Primary School won the Owen Kerr Signs Christmas Banner Competition 2011 with an outstanding design.

[Pictured: Jack McWhirter, who won the Owen Kerr Signs Christmas Banner Competition with an outstanding design, pictured with Scott Sinclair from Owen Kerr Signs.]

Jack’s artwork was placed on banners which were displayed in Station Road in Ayr.

Jack visited Scott Sinclair at Owen Kerr signs in Ayr to see where his banner was made and to accept one of the banners from Scott. Jack said: “It was really exciting seeing my design made up into a huge banner. I hope people enjoy looking at it, I had great fun designing it.”

Owen Kerr Signs

Owen Kerr Signs was established in 1982 and over the years has built a reputation as one of Scotland’s premier visual communication experts. The firm’s experience and knowledge allow it to offer effective signage solutions saving customers time, money and hassle.

Operating from a 5000 square foot factory in Ayr Owen Kerr Signs has continued to invest in the very latest sign making and digital printing technology. Services include the design, manufacture and installation of signage, digital print, exhibition & display, canopies & awnings and 3M accredited vehicle livery.

The firm delivers top quality products and service and offers a 3-year guarantee and a comprehensive after sales service.


Owen Kerr Signs
48 Green Street Lane,
Ayr KA8 8BH

Telephone: 0044 (0)1292 281000
Facsimile: 0044 (0)1292 285000

Owen Kerr Signs is a member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.