The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 3 August 2012

CKD Galbraith simplify ‘moving on the move’ with new mobile website

Buyers looking to purchase their perfect property in Ayrshire will now find it easier than ever following the launch of a new mobile website from leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith.

[Pictured: Bob Cherry, partner at CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office.]

The website has been launched to cater for the growing demand of clients looking to access property services on the move.

More than 30% of CKD Galbraith’s website traffic now comes from mobile devices, a figure that has grown by nearly 10% since the start of last year and is forecast to keep rising to a level where half of all visitors are accessing the site beyond their desktop PC.

The functionality of the new site is designed to make it quick and easy to find a property, service, office or person.

The result is a site that perfectly matches the demands of mobile audiences with a design simplified to provide an optimum experience on smartphones and tablets. However, the mobile site is fully integrated into the main site meaning that the exact same information on properties is available across both platforms.

Bob Cherry, partner at CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, said: “With the growing increase in traffic coming to our website from mobile devices, it was only natural that a mobile version of the website became critical to the continued success of CKD Galbraith’s digital strategy.

“In recent years we have seen a shift in how clients wish to access property information, with the growth of up to the minute electronic alerts for new properties coupled with a desire for search capabilities and enhanced property details to be available whilst on the move.

“As has been seen with our successful trial of QR codes, CKD Galbraith is keen to adopt new digital technology when it becomes available to ensure we offer all our clients the maximum impact and benefits from available mobile technology enhancements in the months and years to come.”

To access the site, visit from any mobile device.

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 200 people in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, 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 enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

For more information on CKD Galbraith visit


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

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


South Ayrshire Council makes way for Belleisle House to become a luxury hotel and spa

A new luxury hotel and spa is on the cards for the seaside town of Ayr following the handover this week of Belleisle House in Ayr from South Ayrshire Council to John and Senga Campbell, owners of the Dumfries Arms Hotel and Railway Hotel.

[Marking the start of a new era at Belleisle are (left to right): Louis MacCallum; Ayr West Councillor Kirsty Darwent; Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment, Councillor John McDowall; Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, Councillor Bill Grant; John Campbell; Senga Campbell; Ayr West Councillor Allan Dorans; Jim McQuillan, South Ayrshire Council’s Head of Property & Neighbourhood Services.]

Belleisle’s stunning 18th century mansion house, which has been in Council ownership for more than 85 years, is set within acres of beautiful parklands and adjoining golf course. It will now undergo major investment with restorative and development work to create one of Scotland’s top luxury hotels – the new Belleisle Mansion Hotel & Spa.

Featuring 70 guest suites, the new hotel – subject to the relevant planning permissions – will have its own spa and 20 metre indoor swimming pool as well as a ballroom with capacity for up to 400 guests.

The first phase of the extensive development work being taken forward by the Campbells will focus on the renovation of the original main building to create a new reception and lounge, two new restaurants and bar, 15 guest suites (including a penthouse bridal suite) and the new state-of the art spa. These facilities, which can be complemented by the use of a marquee, are expected to be open to the public by summer 2014.

John Campbell said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and a landmark moment not just for us as business owners, but for Ayr and Ayrshire as a whole. I am committed to developing a high-quality hotel and spa that will attract both domestic and overseas visitors and breathe new life into this magnificent building and make the most of the fantastic setting.”

Alongside this, the Council is currently working with local community groups on a bid for lottery monies to fund a range of improvements that will enhance the estate and complement the transformation of Belleisle House, including footpath works, landscaping, play equipment and signage.

Councillor Robin Reid, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Resources, said: “I am delighted that, following negotiations, a positive future for Belleisle House is once again on the cards. The plans to restore and develop the facility as a major venue are very exciting and offer a fantastic outcome for both local communities as well as visitors to this wonderful part of the world. It’s the start of the next era for the wider Belleisle estate and I look forward to seeing the end result.”

Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, added: “We are committed to the regeneration of Belleisle Estate and the transfer of ownership of Belleisle House is the start of that journey. Belleisle is already one of the most popular attractions in South Ayrshire, but we want it to be so much more and we have ambitious plans to make it one of the best parks in the country with enhanced facilities and ‘Green Flag’ status. I have no doubt we can achieve this with continued effort and positive partnership working.”

The current gatehouse at Belleisle will be refurbished later this year and will become the marketing suite for the new hotel, which will be managed by Louis MacCallum. Louis said: “We’re already receiving enquiries about weddings and events, so it’s clear Belleisle Mansion Hotel & Spa is going to become a real destination of choice.”

Belleisle Estate is located in the southwest of the town of Ayr and is owned and managed by South Ayrshire Council. The main features of the estate are mixed mature woodland, parkland, deer park, formal walled garden with pond and landscaped rockery, stable block, play area and lawns.
The park and associated house and grounds date back to 1774 and came into public ownership in 1926 when Ayr Burgh Council purchased it to “provide special outdoor amenity space for all sections of the community”.

The estate has, from its inception, been popular with residents and visitors alike, providing a strong public heritage and space for recreational activities to both the local and regional community. The value of this park is enhanced by the parks proximity to its sister park Rozelle which complements Belleisle’s historic, landscape and ecological appeal to residents and visitors alike.

It’s home to Belleisle House; the park conservatory, which is leased to the Belleisle Conservatory Group; and two 18 hole golf courses – Belleisle and Seafield, which are owned and run by South Ayrshire Council.

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Ayrshire firm ARPL Architects win Dublin school design competition

A design by ARPL Architects in Ayr for a 1000 pupil secondary school has emerged as the winner in an international design competition organised by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) on behalf of the Irish Government Department of Education and Skills.

The competition was instigated by the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, to help bring fresh thinking and creativity to the design of schools. The competition attracted 154 entries from 14 countries, the most entries received for a design competition in Ireland.

Congratulating ARPL Architects on their “innovative design”, Mr Quinn said: “Children in Tallaght can look forward to a school space that truly reflects the needs of the 21st-century student.”

The design by ARPL arranges clusters of teaching spaces around a central “public square”,  allowing the circulation to become a series of social or teaching breakout spaces.  These ideas are combined with a colour and art strategy to create a unique arrangement of places and special spaces for the school children.

ARPL director Gordon Fleming commented: “It is encouraging that the Department of Education and Skills took the decision to have such an important project assessed on the basis of design, educational needs and teaching methods rather than the usual public procurement procedures.

“For ARPL to be successful against such intense competition is a welcome recognition of our design skills and our willingness to engage with the detail and aspirations of  the client group.
“We now look forward to successfully  delivering the building project with our Dublin-based consultant team of Levins Associates, Waterman Moylan and FLN consulting.”

[Pictured: Directors of ARPL Architects (left to right): Patrick Lorimer, Rebecca Cadie, Gordon Fleming and Robert Gilliland.]

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.

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
Ayrshire, Scotland

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

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

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Enjoy your favourite Indian food AND watch the Olympics on TV at Ayr Spice Restaurant, Ayrshire!

For the next fortnight you can enjoy your favourite Indian meal at Ayr Spice Minishant Restaurant, and not miss a moment of the Olympics.

Proprietor and head chef Mafiz Ali has installed a magnificent new TV above the bar for your added enjoyment.

But if you have no interest in sport, then you can be seated well away from the screen, and enjoy your food in peace.

Either way, we like to keep ALL our customers happy!

Mafiz Ali
 Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
 The Old Minishant Memorial Church
 22 Ayr Road
 KA19 8EX

Telephone: 01292 441413

Ayr Spice Bangladeshi and Indian Takeaway
236 Prestwick Road
Ayr KA8 8NW

Telephone: 01292 261888