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South Ayrshire Council investigate retention of Ayr Academy

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December 17 2015

South Ayrshire Council investigate retention of Ayr Academy
South Ayrshire Council is examining proposals to transform the historic Ayr Academy into a new primary school when it becomes vacant in August 2017.

The famous secondary is currently in process of relocating to a new build school at Craigie, freeing up its existing base for alternative uses – potentially as Ayr Grammar Primary.

Sketch designs for the overhaul detail a multi-use games facility, nursery and dining facilities as well as new social spaces.

Councillor Margaret Toner, lifelong learning portfolio holder, said: "The architects are working towards creating a learning environment which will inspire primary school children and this has to be our main objective. This is an exciting opportunity and would make a huge difference to the lives of everyone involved. We need to ensure that pupils, parents, staff and the parent council are on board with the idea.

"There will be statutory consultation with all stakeholders as required by law which is likely to begin in February 2016, but in the meantime we would welcome informal feedback on the proposals."

If given the all-clear the new school could be up and running by early 2019.
Indoor and outdoor spaces at the school would be remodeled
Indoor and outdoor spaces at the school would be remodeled
It is hoped the plan will secure the long-term viability of the historic town centre school
It is hoped the plan will secure the long-term viability of the historic town centre school

4 Comments

Malcolm Fraser
#1 Posted by Malcolm Fraser on 18 Dec 2015 at 10:29 AM
Great to see this - appropriate reuse and new life at the heart of the community, heritage and modernity together. Best of luck to the proposal and the architects - who are?
Derek Wilson
#2 Posted by Derek Wilson on 5 Jan 2016 at 10:43 AM
Someone has taken your advice Malcolm.
John Cruickshank
#3 Posted by John Cruickshank on 5 Jan 2016 at 11:56 AM
Glad the school will remain a school and not sold to be turned into flats. Who are the architects working on this project?
John Glenday
#4 Posted by John Glenday on 5 Jan 2016 at 12:10 PM
The sketches reproduced here are in-house designs prepared by South Ayrshire Council and are subject to ongoing feedback.

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