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£1.3m Belleisle visitor hub breaks ground

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September 7 2017

£1.3m Belleisle visitor hub breaks ground
South Ayrshire Council has begun delivery of a £1.3m visitor centre to be carved out of a derelict stable block on "Ayr’s Belleisle Estate.
Initial works will see stone reclaimed from the current buildings for later re-use to provide a visual transition from the historic Belleisle House and golf course.

Once complete the new facility will incorporate a community space, café, park ranger facilities and toilets, catering for an expected 200,000 visitors per year drawn by a wider three-year investment programme for the park.

Councillor Peter Henderson, South Ayrshire Council’s portfolio holder for resources and performance, commented: “With progress already seen with the refurbishment of the conservatory, the creation of the new Golf Clubhouse, and the wider improvements to paths and landscaping, the next stage will see a fantastic new visitor hub created that will maintain the momentum.

“By creating an environment that responds to the needs of our communities and visitors alike we aim to attract even more people to enjoy the estate in future. I look forward to the main construction stage getting underway next year, when the old stable block will be reborn for the next generation.”

Designed in-house by the council based on initial concept designs by Robert Potter & Partners the centre is expected to begin construction in March 2018.

5 Comments

CADMonkey
#1 Posted by CADMonkey on 7 Sep 2017 at 12:31 PM
You could not design a more effective way of collecting leaves.
crisp poke corner
#2 Posted by crisp poke corner on 7 Sep 2017 at 13:21 PM
Well, at least it'll be satisfying to clean it out every autumn and checking on the gutter outlets at the same time. Big wow.

Like the simple form :-)
Graeme McCormick
#3 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 8 Sep 2017 at 01:27 AM
Some University must be very proud that one of their graduates in architecture designed this.
CADMonkey
#4 Posted by CADMonkey on 8 Sep 2017 at 09:29 AM
Must be architect designed as there are no rainwater pipes.
Pleasantfield
#5 Posted by Pleasantfield on 8 Sep 2017 at 14:32 PM
Well they went to the bother of using slate on the clubhouse which looks good. This appears to be profile steel cladding. It is incongruous and should be changed to match the clubhouse especially since I recall the stables were part of the listing!!!

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