The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 23 March 2018

Spotlight on landmark projects highlights the future of Ayr Town Centre

Plans to regenerate several key sites in Ayr have received further backing from South Ayrshire Council. A one-year business plan has been approved for Ayr Renaissance which commits £269,000 for 2018/19 on projects aimed at transforming the heart of the town.


[Pictured: The Riverside development, north view from the Auld Brig.]

This coincides with revised plans being submitted for the Council’s proposed Riverside Office development on High Street. The £11 million project will have capacity for 350 workers and creating a new public space. A planning application was submitted for the project in January 2018, with strong public feedback commenting on the proposals. As a consequence further consideration has been given to enhance the design. The revised proposals for the south and west elevations has changed the layout of the top floor to create a step back between the top two floors.

Also being progressed, is the Council’s new scheme for the old Ayr Academy that will see it redeveloped as a replacement Ayr Grammar and new Archives and Registration facility.

To showcase work underway, or planned for Ayr, a public exhibition will take place on Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 of March and Tuesday, 3 April, in Ayr Town Hall from 11:00am-8:00pm. This will provide an opportunity to see the work that is being progressed in Ayr together with designs and drawings, with staff on hand to discuss the projects in more detail.

The new Ayr Renaissance business plan highlights a number of projects that complement the Council projects:


[Pictured: The Riverside development, north view from the Auld Brig.]

Work is nearing completion on the former Clydesdale Bank on High Street with the building due to open its doors this summer as an indoor market and an events spae.

A review of Burns Statue Square is considering ways to reconfigure the square to improve public space and traffic flow as well as identifying sites for development.

A town centre strategy, heritage trail and feasibility study for the Affleck’s block near the town hall to highlight future regeneration projects.


[Pictured: The Riverside development, the public square.]

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said there are now clear signs of progress, “We’re investing heavily in South Ayrshire’s people and its places and remain committed to leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in the regeneration of Ayr town centre with progress underway on a number of innovative and inspirational projects.

“We want to ensure that all of our towns are vibrant places and encourage even more people to experience everything that our high streets have to offer.  I look forward to building on our current momentum in the months ahead.” 

Ayr Renaissance Business Plan: The Ayr Renaissance LLP – 2018/19 Business Plan and Management Arrangements paper is available: CLICK HERE.

Riverside Development: A masterplan for the cleared site was approved in February 2017 to regenerate land between the medieval "Auld Brig" and the Victorian "New Bridge". The masterplan sets out a vision for a mixed use development including quality office accommodation and housing, as well as space for niche retail units, cafes, restaurants and spaces for public engagement.

The plan for the office building sets out a commitment to top quality design including the use of materials that relate to existing historic buildings and to an overall scale that respects the surrounding conservation area. This will be complemented by an enhanced public realm area.

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


Thursday, 22 March 2018

Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse sold out

By Iain Ferguson

THE Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday 21 April is completely sold out, more than four weeks before the big day.


All Club badges were sold out over the weekend, and on Wednesday night Grandstand tickets followed suit.

A crowd of just over 17,000 will converge at the track for the second day of the two-day Coral Scottish Grand National Festival.

This day features the £215,000 Coral Scottish Grand National and the £105,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle along with a brand new £100,000 novices’ handicap chase.

This is the fourth successive year the Saturday of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival has been sold out, but it is by far the earliest.

There are still Club and Grandstand tickets available for the opening day of the Festival, Ladies Day, when the winner of the Best Dressed Ladies Competition will win a prize including a three-night break in Rome.

To book Club Badges and Grandstand tickets for Coral Scottish Grand National Ladies Day on Friday 20 April CLICK HERE or call 01292 264179.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.