The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 11 June 2016

New school extension will transform education in Annbank and Mossblown

Education for pupils at Annbank Primary School is set to be transformed as work gets underway on a significant new extension. The South Ayrshire Council project will deliver a new focal point for the communities of Annbank and Mossblown, while also allowing the local library to move to a new purpose-built facility.

[Pictured: Annbank Primary School extension – an 
artist’s impression of how the new building might look.]

The £1.6m project will provide a new gym hall, as well as a separate multi-use dining hall, which will also be available for use by the local community. Other features include: accessible changing rooms, a new kitchen, substantial storage space, and new PE equipment and chairs.

The main contractor for the project will be Prestwick based Ashleigh (Scotland). The building was designed by South Ayrshire Council Professional Design Services.

Head teacher at Annbank Primary, Davina Chalmers said the project was a major addition. “This striking new extension is going to make a huge difference to both the pupils and the public.

“With a brand new gym and dining hall, we’ll also be creating a focal point for the school that will also be widely used by the community.

“Everyone at the school is looking forward to the new wing opening next year, when this fantastic new facility will help to transform the way we work.”

The project also paves the way for the existing Mossblown Branch Library to be relocated to the school, creating a custom-built, modern space that will be used by pupils and the wider community.

Donald Gillies, South Ayrshire Council’s Head of Property and Risk, said the project would deliver significant improvements to the local community. “This project is part of a significant investment in South Ayrshire schools that will safeguard education for the local community for generations to come.

“The extension will greatly improve the facilities on offer, while also giving the public far greater access to a new purpose-built extension and a brand new library

“With the main work now getting underway, I’m confident people will like what they see when the doors open next year.”

Initial work will see the demolition of the existing janitor’s house on the school campus. The main contract works are due to begin on 13 June 2016, with completion expected in spring 2017.

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

Friday, 10 June 2016

Drop in demand as activity in Scottish housing market dips during May

Activity in the Scottish housing market slowed during May, as a decline in new properties coming on to the market was accompanied by a drop in new buyer enquiries. A net balance of 13 percent more chartered surveyors reported a fall in demand while a net balance of 8 percent saw sales tail off last month.

Despite softer activity, house prices in Scotland remained firm and a net balance of 15 percent more respondents expect prices to climb in the next few months. This is due, in part, the continued decline in supply, with 22 percent (net balance) of surveyors reporting a decrease in new properties coming on the market in May. Supply has now failed to keep up with demand, even during more quiet months, for much of the past 3 years. 

While prices are continuing to rise modestly across the rest of the UK, this trend looks set to fade, with 10 percent more respondents predicting that prices would fall rather than rise over the coming three months. This is the first time that a fall in prices has been predicted since 2012. London and East Anglia are expected to be worst hit with 43 per cent (net balance) and 33 per cent (net balance) of respondents saying that prices will fall over the next quarter.

Sarah Speirs, Director RICS in Scotland, said: “Across the UK it appears that we are looking at a short term drop in house prices caused by the uncertainty resulting from the forthcoming EU Referendum, coupled with a slowdown following the rush to get into the market ahead of the tax change on the purchase of investment properties. In Scotland, prices look set to remain firm, despite a dip in activity, as demand continues to outpace supply.

“We urge the new Scottish Government to make the delivery of housing, across all tenures, a priority during their term. From new supply, to improving the poor condition of the country’s existing housing stock and developing plans to bring back into use Scotland’s 27,000 long-term empty properties, more needs to be done to address the current imbalance.”

The survey revealed that in the longer term, while house prices are thought likely to regain momentum, rental growth looks set to outpace house price inflation.

Craig Henderson MRICS, Graham + Sibbald, commented: “In recent weeks a number of clients have raised the Brexit issue and questioned the potential impact if the UK chooses to leave the EU. Some concerns have been raised if this was to be the outcome, resulting in some hesitancy on the part of buyers.”

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle Annual Summer Luncheon at Trump Turnberry

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will be holding its popular Annual Summer Luncheon at Trump Turnberry on Friday 1 July 2016.

This event will provide an enviable opportunity for members and guests to take part in a guided tour of the recently completed refurbishments.

Places at the Luncheon are limited. Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will naturally be given priority when it comes to the allocation of seats at the event, but all Ayrshire business people will also be most welcome to attend, subject to availability of places.


Photographs from one of our previous Annual Summer Luncheons at Trump Turnberry are available to view on Flickr. CLICK HERE