The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 23 November 2012

ARPL Architects report completion of state of the art music recording studio for South Ayrshire Council

ARPL Architects are delighted to have completed a new music recording studio for Prestwick Academy and South Ayrshire Council.
Working closely with the school music department and specialist technical contractor Mediaspec, ARPL have helped provide a spectacular new facility for music teaching in South Ayrshire with a live room, control room and digital music suite.
The studio comprises a heavy enclosing concrete structure with an acoustically floating timber interior to ensure complete sound separation from the rest of the building. Carefully detailed internal viewing screens and pass doors completes the silent spaces. A technical fit out provides a range of microphones, amplifiers, speakers and mixing desk all linked to a networked range of computers each with state of the art editing software.
Main contractor MCW were required to build the facility to an exacting standard with each junction carefully designed and detailed by ARPL to prevent noise breakout.
Prestwick Academy can now look forward to helping develop a new generation of talented musicians, producers and technicians.
ARPL Architects Ltd
The directors of ARPL Architects Ltd are Patrick Lorimer, Rebecca Cadie, Gordon Fleming and Robert Gilliland. John Ramsay, Stewart Glendinning and Kenneth Handley are 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
Ayrshire, Scotland
Contact: Patrick Lorimer
Tel: 01292 289777
Fax: 01292 288896

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ARPL Architects Ltd and South Ayrshire Council are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

East Ayrshire jobs funding boost

An additional £248,000 is being awarded to East Ayrshire Council by the Scottish Government to tackle youth unemployment.

The local authority received £720,000 to implement Opportunities for All earlier this year. Additional investment through European Social Funding will mean that 123 young people aged 16-19 seeking training or learning opportunities can now be targeted by the authority.

Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance (pictured above) was speaking in Kilmarnock where she visited Centrestage, a community arts centre, with two employees funded by the Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme. 

The Minister also announced that CJS would be able to create a total of 1400 posts in 2012/13, an increase of 400 posts on what was previously planned.

She said: “Earlier this year, East Ayrshire was identified as one of the areas of Scotland with particular challenges with young unemployment, which is why the local authority received additional funding to implement Opportunities for All. I am very pleased to be able to visit the area and hear how this investment is making a difference.

“Further funding will help even more young people take up opportunities to improve their job prospects. It is also quite appropriate that today we can celebrate the work of Community Jobs Scotland who have now placed 2,500 people into work.

“A further 400 placements will ensure many more young people nationwide get the benefit of paid employment through third sector involvement and improve their prospects of sustainable opportunities.”

Monday, 19 November 2012

Minister for Learning visits Kyle Academy

Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Sciences and Scotland’s Languages, has paid a visit to Kyle Academy to learn more about a successful Dyslexia Friendly Schools initiative – aimed at assisting dyslexic pupils to achieve their full potential.
[Dr Alasdair Allan is pictured with members of the Kyle Academy Dyslexia Friendly Schools initiative, Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning, Depute Provost Mary Kilpatrick and Councillors Ian Douglas and Corri Wilson.]
The project has been pioneered by Margaret Crankshaw, a retired educational psychologist who developed a bronze, silver and gold award scheme for the delivery of teaching excellence and dyslexic pupil support in primary schools.
Margaret is now working with Prestwick Academy, Marr College and Kyle Academy, to develop an accreditation scheme for secondary schools and to pilot a similar award scheme.
[Pupils Ainslie Woods and Scott McIlvanney spoke about the work of the DFS Pupil Steering Group at Kyle Academy. As a result of their presentation during the recent Scottish Dyslexia Conference in Edinburgh, Dr Allan decided to visit the school.]

The initiative has been attracting national attention, and a team from South Ayrshire Council led a workshop at the recent Scottish Dyslexia Conference in Edinburgh, attended by David Thomson, Scottish Government representative. Ainslie Woods and Scott McIlvanney spoke about the work of the DFS Pupil Steering Group at Kyle Academy. As a result of their presentation, Dr Allan decided to visit the school.
Welcoming Dr Allan to Kyle Academy at a special school assembly, Eileen Brown, head teacher explained: “The Dyslexia Friendly Schools Pupil Champions group developed their vision of what a dyslexia friendly school would look like.
“Part of that vision is to help all pupils understand what it is like to be dyslexic – and get first-hand experience of the difficulties facing dyslexic pupils.
“To do this, they have developed and led a series of special school assemblies for all year groups, which include surveys of pupil views, using voting pods, before and after the assemblies to measure the impact on their knowledge and understanding of the condition, as well as their attitudes to dyslexic pupils. The results are displayed immediately and so everyone can see the shift in attitude.
Dr Allan then watched as Ainslie, Scott Sutherland, Abbie Hamilton, Robbie Alexander and Jayde Denholm gave a presentation to the school and explained more about the problems some dyslexic pupils experience. Everyone, including Dr Allan then completed a number of written tasks to simulate the problems dyslexic pupils experience in processing information.
They then showed a film clip highlighting the visual disturbances dyslexia can produce when reading written text and played a balloon game to share more facts about dyslexia. Dr Allan was an enthusiastic member of the team who played the game on stage.
Eileen continued: “Margaret’s expertise has been extremely helpful in our work to become a Dyslexia Friendly School, as have our colleagues in other primary and secondary schools in South Ayrshire as we share the best practice across the authority.
“In Kyle Academy, the initiative is being led by our young people who have been inspirational, not only in changing pupil attitudes to dyslexic pupils but also in supporting staff  by sharing their vision with them and providing advice and training on strategies which support their learning. Work is also underway to increase the number of parents involved in the Parent Champions group with plans to set up a Family Support Network.
“It takes great courage for dyslexic young to provide presentations at a national conference, to all of their peers and to all staff. They have also been invited to speak to other groups in Scotland. It has been a joy to watch their confidence grow and their determination to make a difference increase. They have already achieved one of the hardest tasks of all; to change attitudes to the condition.
Addressing his young audience, Dr Allan said: “The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that all children and young people with additional support needs, including dyslexia, are provided with the support they need to help them reach their full potential.
“My visit to Kyle Academy was to see how teachers and pupils there are de-stigmatising dyslexia through pupil led assemblies.
“This is part of a wider Dyslexia Friendly Schools model adopted by South Ayrshire Council to improve dyslexia provision across their schools.
“I am impressed with how successful the pupils, co-ordinators and participating schools have been and am looking forward to learning more on how this is helping pupils in the area.”
Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning concluded: “South Ayrshire Council takes pride in the fantastic educational opportunities offered to our young people and we have recently recorded some of the best exam results in our history.
“This reflects the wide ranging and comprehensive support we offer our pupils, with a flexible and exciting education package geared to their strengths. This tailor made programme is unique to each and every child, giving them every chance to succeed.
“I am immensely proud of the work being delivered by the Dyslexia Friendly School project and in particular I admire Ainslie and Scott’s determination to help their peers accept and understand the challenges associated with dyslexia.
“Not only is it daunting for these young people to stand up and present to an assembly of 150 people– they are all dyslexic and they are a real credit to the school and an inspiration to every pupil in South Ayrshire.”