The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 6 November 2015

All systems go for Marr’s multi-million pound school for the future

Work on a £37 million modernisation and redevelopment programme at Marr College in Troon was given the official go-ahead this week by Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, and Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council.


[Pictured on the steps of Marr College are (2nd row behind boards) Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages; Elaine McGregor-Sloman, Headteacher of Marr College; and Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council. They are joined by pupils from Marr College, councillors from South Ayrshire Council, representatives of Kier Construction and representatives of Hub South West.]

The project to transform the school – funded by the Scottish Futures Trust, through the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future programme, and South Ayrshire Council – will see the iconic listed school building redeveloped and modernised internally to provide a modern learning and teaching environment.

A new technical wing and sports block will also be built to significantly enhance facilities at the school, complementing the new all-weather sports pitches opened earlier this year. The new and original buildings will be connected via a stunning glass atrium, providing another attractive architectural feature at the school. A roof will also be installed over the existing courtyards to provide exciting new learning spaces in the heart of the building.

The ambitious project is being delivered by hub South West, which was set up by the Scottish Futures Trust to deliver major public sector building projects, with construction works being undertaken by Tier 1 Contractor Kier Construction.

Speaking at the launch of the construction works, Minister for Learning Alasdair Allan said: “I was delighted to be part of the ceremony which marks an exciting milestone for the new Marr College. I’m pleased to see the designs for the school combine the historic elements of the building with modern architecture to create a fantastic, state-of-the-art environment for pupils to learn in. The new school will also provide modern leisure facilities the whole community will enjoy for generations to come.

“The Scottish Government has worked closely with South Ayrshire Council to help improve its school estate and I’m pleased we could provide more than £18 million in funding towards this project. I look forward to seeing the school when it’s finished.”

South Ayrshire Council Leader Bill McIntosh, added: “Marr has always been a magnificent school, but the fabric of the building no longer allows us to deliver learning and teaching in an environment that matches the high quality of the education provided. This project will change all of that and we are indebted to our partners for making this happen.

“What we’re seeing here today is the beginning of a legacy of high quality learning in a modern teaching environment that will reap the benefits for generations of students to come – and the fantastic facilities will also be available to the local community, so it really is a win-win for everyone involved.

“My thanks to pupils, staff, parents and families, and everyone in the school community for their patience and co-operation while these works get underway. I have no doubt they will agree that it will be worth it in the end and I’m sure, like me, they can’t wait to see the fantastic new-look school. It will be very much Marr College – but a Marr that’s fit for the future!”

Hub South West Chief Executive, Michael McBrearty, added: “We are thrilled that this exciting project is now under way, having successfully delivered the Marr all-weather sports facilities back in June. We are looking forward to ongoing collaboration with Kier Construction Scotland, South Ayrshire Council and the wider community including pupils, staff, parents and public to develop this fantastic facility. This innovative project will bring a new lease of life to Marr College as well as a wide range of modern provisions for the community.

“We are very proud to be associated with these projects in South Ayrshire and the benefits they will provide for students in the area.”

Managing director of Kier Construction's Scotland and north-east England business, Brian McQuade, said: “We are delighted to be undertaking additional work with hub South West Scotland on behalf of South Ayrshire Council, with this project further illustrating our position as a UK leader across education. Once complete, our work at will see state-of-the-art teaching and sporting facilities provided for the local community, helping to support future generations for years to come, and we look forward to getting on site.

“As with all of our activity across Scotland, we will use locally-based suppliers and subcontractors, which will support economic growth in the area and provide employment and training opportunities for the people of South Ayrshire.”

Two fantastic all-weather sports pitches were unveiled at Marr College in June 2015, giving locals access to much needed facilities. The £1.3 million project was funded by South Ayrshire Council and included a grant award of £300,000 from sportscotland.

The Council worked closely with Marr College and Troon Community Sports Hub to ensure the new pitches were designed to meet their needs and the needs of the wider community.

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


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

CKD Galbraith reports Ayrshire property market benefitting from healthy summer growth

The Ayrshire property market has continued to see healthy growth, according to leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith.


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

The regional office in Ayr town centre has reported an increase in property sales and a rise in the number of high quality houses coming onto the market during the third quarter (Q3 July to September 2015) compared to the previous three months.  

CKD Galbraith’s research shows a promising picture for the Ayrshire property market and for the Scottish market as a whole which experienced many changes during the first six months of 2015 including a new stamp duty system and the General Election. However, the third quarter’s figures for Ayr reflect the growth and stability that the property market is now benefitting from.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr statistics from the third quarter show:-

• The number of properties sold during this period in the Ayrshire area was up 18% compared to Q2
• Supply of properties coming onto the market increased by nearly 10% compared to the same period last year
• Property viewings increased by an impressive 74% compared to Q2
• 85% of sales were completed by local buyers, 15% national 
• The number of potential buyers registered with the firm rose by 31% compared to Q2
• 31% of purchases were made by cash buyers

Bob Cherry, partner and head of residential at CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office said: “The Ayrshire property market has remained fairly resilient to developments within the market and growth has continued throughout the summer months.

“Local buyers still make up a very high percentage of the sales the office has handled with many moving up the property ladder or moving from Glasgow to Ayrshire where we continue to notice property prices offering greater value for money.

“We have continued to agree sales well into the autumn and whilst we expect the traditional slow down as we approach Christmas, demand for good rural property and farmland remains high. Realistic pricing remains key, but we have seen prices achieving the asking price with an increasing number going to closing date and achieving in excess of the asking price.  Anyone considering selling should get in touch with us in the coming weeks for a free market appraisal and to prepare early in readiness for the expected continuing demand into 2016.”

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

Tel: 01292 268181   
Fax: 01292 292300 


About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 225 staff in offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying international reach.

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing and providing advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests on over three million acres.  CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland and northern England. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.