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Diageo partners with Klin Group on Kilmarnock development

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April 17 2013

Diageo partners with Klin Group on Kilmarnock development
Drinks giant Diageo has entered into an exclusivity agreement with the Klin Group for the potential development of a 23 acre site at its former packaging plant in Kilmarnock.

The initial agreement is still at its earliest stages but will see Klin Group develop plans for a 'new quarter' in consultation with the local community, the first draft of which will be published shortly.

A ten acre plot on the site was previously gifted to Kilmarnock College by Diageo with work scheduled to commence on the BDP designed scheme this August.

Marie Macklin, CEO of Klin Group said: “The exclusivity agreement with Diageo enables us to press ahead with local consultations, to explore the feasibility and the detail of what we envisage for the site.

“Our aim is a dynamic new quarter for Kilmarnock town centre, based around education, health, community sports and culture, including an arena that would provide a year-round, all weather venue for sporting, conferencing and entertainment events. The hub would be focused on facilities and premises for enterprise, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, driving a new economy for Kilmarnock and East Ayrshire, but serving a much wider area with facilities that would be unique in Scotland.

“Everything we have in mind would link into the work of Kilmarnock College, in particular, and local schools in general and, hopefully, would inspire and support local sports and cultural groups.”

3 Comments

bill
#1 Posted by bill on 17 Apr 2013 at 15:39 PM
An exclusivity agreement ? right, so what exactly does that mean ?
Tango
#2 Posted by Tango on 17 Apr 2013 at 18:51 PM
Sounds like a publicity stunt with no flesh on the bones. Will belive it when i see it
Brian
#3 Posted by Brian on 11 Jun 2013 at 15:12 PM
Has anyone thought about travel to this proposed venue? rail link is adjacent, however Kilmarnock one way system to this part of the town does provide problems.

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