Contractor appointed for “ambitious” Ayr waterfront project

MORGAN Sindall has secured a contract to deliver the new £10 million Ayr Riverside Office Development.

Construction on the project will start early next year following an agreement led by development partner hub South West, acting alongside South Ayrshire Council, to award the construction contract to the Tier 1 contractor.

hub South West said the new development will regenerate land between the medieval “Auld Brig” and the Victorian “New Bridge” to provide an “elegant” new waterfront for the town and provide space for around 350 workers. Architects Keppie Design have created the plan for the new office development. Demolition of the empty retail units which occupied the site has already started.

Regeneration group ‘Ayr Renaissance’ submitted a proposal last year for a new mixed use development featuring housing, office space, retail units, cafes and public areas.

Councillor Peter Henderson, South Ayrshire Council’s portfolio holder for resources and performance said, “With the contractor and design team now in place we can start to bring together concrete plans to breathe new life into this landmark project. Work on site is already making a real difference to the local landscape with the old buildings on High Street now largely demolished, revealing the true scale of the project that will, in time, transform an historic area of Ayr’s town centre.”

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of hub South West added, “The Ayr Riverside Office Development will symbolise a new era in the history and future development of the town. This is the first such infrastructure construction contract to be awarded to Morgan Sindall since it joined hub south West’s Tier 1 contractors supply chain as a Tier 1 contractor last year.”

Stuart Parker, Morgan Sindall’s managing director of construction in Scotland commented, “Having been appointed as a Tier One contractor on the hub South West framework last year, we’re obviously very proud that the first project we’ve been selected to deliver through it is such a significant one.

“South Ayrshire Council’s ambitious masterplan is set to transform the town centre, providing much-needed regeneration. As the anchor development, the commercial office space will be sympathetic to Ayr’s historic architecture, while providing a modern workplace to support 350 jobs. It will also be the foundation for subsequent retail, residential and outdoor space which will play an important role in the town’s future, and be enjoyed for generations to come.”