The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 13 April 2018

Public exhibition will showcase plans for the new Ayr Grammar Primary

Proposals to breathe new life into the old Ayr Academy are being put to the public. An exhibition is being held at Ayr Town Hall on Thursday 19 April to highlight plans to relocate Ayr Grammar to a new home on Fort Street.

The exhibition comes as the planning application for the new Ayr Grammar is submitted for consideration. If approved, the £16 million project would create a new primary school with capacity for more than 430 pupils, a new early years centre with 50 places, community arts facilities as well as a new Archive and Registration Centre. 


There has been a school on the town centre site since 1233, with the old Ayr Academy built in 1880. The school relocated to its new home at Craigie Estate in summer 2017.

The new project will see the historic buildings completely refurbished and remodelled to create an inspiring modern facility with a bright new entrance connecting the school, early years and community facilities. The proposals also involve the demolition of obsolete extensions at the back of the school, a move that will create external space for playgrounds, external teaching and car parking. 

The project will be delivered through hub South West, who have appointed Morrison Construction, and a design team led by BDP Architects. Planning Consent has been granted for the demolition work, which is expected to start on site early in the summer. 

If approved, construction would start later this year, with completion scheduled for 2020.

Councillor Peter Henderson, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance said the project was now at an important stage, “We want South Ayrshire to be the best it can be and for all people and places to have the opportunity to reach their full potential, and our schools programme plays an important role in that wider work. 

“The plans to breathe new life into this landmark building would leave a lasting legacy for generations of families, and with the proposals submitted for consideration, now is the time for the public to get involved.

“I’m sure there will be a great turnout for the Town Hall exhibition where people will have an opportunity to view the plans and speak directly to the team to find out more. Alternatively, anyone looking to find out more can also find the plans online on the Council’s planning portal where they can have their say directly.”


The Archive and Registration Centre will be a separate building (illustrated above) with its entrance on South Harbour Street, providing public access to archive material as well as registration services.

The public exhibition, including images and drawings of the new buildings, takes place at Ayr Town Hall on Thursday 19 April between 2:00pm and 8:00pm to give an opportunity to view the proposals, ask questions and provide feedback.

The plans will be available to view soon on the Council's planning portal https://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/planning/register.aspx

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


Ayr business goes from strength to strength after contract win

An independent retailer from Ayr has been appointed to supply all three Ayrshire Councils with specialist goods. A1 Ironmongery sought out advice and training to help them to deliver on their initial ambition to become a supplier to South Ayrshire Council, with the end result representing a significant opportunity to grow their business.


Ayr-based A1 Ironmongery (pictured above) has been appointed a place on a National Framework to deliver general ironmongery, ground care tools, fixings, adhesives, sealants and silicon’s to local Councils.

Scotland Excel, the Centre of Procurement Expertise for Scotland's local government sector tendered The Trade Materials Framework, which was open for applications. A1 Ironmongery has now been appointed onto the Framework for two years, with an option to extend for a further two years.

The news comes at a time when a concerted effort is being made to make it easier for smaller companies to secure public sector contracts. As part of South Ayrshire Council’s commitment to growing the local economy and working with businesses, staff outlined the process to A1 and highlighted additional help available from the independent Supplier Development Programme (SDP), which provides training and support to SMEs to compete for Scottish public sector contracts. 


[Pictured left to right: Billy Andrew (SAC); Zoe Fance (SAC); Ivie Kerr, Director of A1 Ironmongery;  and Cllr Peter Henderson, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performanc.]

Councillor Peter Henderson, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance said: “We’re committed to supporting local businesses, and helping people understand that there are opportunities for smaller companies to secure public sector contracts is an important part of our work.

“Too often in the past we’ve heard from owners who felt they couldn’t compete with big business, but by taking a strategic approach and identifying realistic ways of working with the public sector, there’s no reason why the process shouldn’t be open to all.

“I’m pleased to see that A1 Ironmongery will have opportunities to work with us in the coming years, primarily with our housing and property teams, and I look forward to seeing the relationship develop in the months ahead.”

Director of A1 Ironmongery, Ivie Kerr said: “Securing a place on the framework presents us with a significant opportunity to extend what we do and realise fresh growth from our base in Ayr.

“We’re proud to have been given the opportunity to work with our own local authority, South Ayrshire Council, as well as with neighbouring East and North Ayrshire, and we’re hoping the new contract will help our business go from strength to strength.

“Competing for an appointment like this is a daunting task, but there is help available from organisations that can guide you through the process. I’d like to thank everyone, especially our own staff, that have helped us secure our first public sector contract.”

For more information on South Ayrshire Council’s contract opportunities contact: procurement@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

For more on available public sector contracts: www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

For more on the Supplier Development Programme: https://www.sdpscotland.co.uk/

For more on A1 Ironmongery: http://a1ironmongeryayr.co.uk/

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