Work begins on £3.82m refurbishment of former North Ayrshire tax office

AN early years centre and professional learning and development facility is being built inside a vacant tax office in Irvine.

The £3.82 million North Ayrshire Council project, being delivered by Clark Contracts, will accommodate 42 three to five-year-olds and 21 two to three-year-olds on the ground level, with a new early learning centre professional training facility on the upper mezzanine floor.

North Ayrshire Council leader, Joe Cullinane, said, “Marress House was the former home of the HMRC tax office and more recently VOCA call centre. The council saw this project as an excellent opportunity to bring a local asset back into productive use. The many benefits of new early years facility include the creation of jobs and the welcome boost it will bring to the local economy.

“As a council, our priority is to provide the highest quality learning to help us build bright futures for all our children and young people. Once complete, the new facility at Marress House will provide an additional early year’s facility for children in North Ayrshire, offering high quality learning experiences in modern, fit for purpose environments.”

Michael Scanlan, director at Clark Contracts, added, “We are delighted to be working with North Ayrshire Council again to deliver this project which will support their increased early years and childcare provision. We look forward to working with the council and design team and engaging with the local community over the coming months.”