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Keppie appointed to Kilmarnock masterplan

June 10 2013

Keppie appointed to Kilmarnock masterplan
The Klin Group has announced the appointment of Keppie, from a shortlist of five, as architects for the regeneration of a former Diageo bottling plant, Kilmarnock.

Plans for the 23 acre site centre on an 8,000 seat retractable roof arena that would provide a venue for sport, conferences and events, together with a range of supporting education, health, sport and culture facilities.

Together this would be marketed as a ‘new quarter’ for the town, augmenting the existing town centre.

Marie Macklin, CEO of The Klin Group, said:  “Regeneration on this scale is challenging, but we need to be ambitious and confident in making the most of this opportunity to create something that will inspire and give Kilmarnock – recently named Scotland’s Creative Town – something special and unique in Scotland.”


#1 Posted by Neil on 11 Jun 2013 at 08:08 AM
"Something special and unique"... Are you sure you've got the right architects for the job?
#2 Posted by Inquisitor on 18 Jun 2013 at 23:22 PM
Why do you say that "Neil"-?
#3 Posted by Neil on 19 Jun 2013 at 11:05 AM
Well, "Inquisitor" direct me to any project by the same architects that is something special and unique since Toshie left and I'll conceed. Workman like? maybe, Cost effective? absolutely. Value engineered? clearly Ambitious and creative? sorry.
#4 Posted by Inquisitor on 19 Jun 2013 at 13:17 PM
Ahhhhh I you can predict the future "Neil".

I bow to your superior talents.

PS Its "concede".
#5 Posted by bill on 19 Jun 2013 at 16:08 PM
interesting the MacKlin woman and a Keppies Design Director both appear to be on the Make it Kilmarnock Board together !....
#6 Posted by Neil on 19 Jun 2013 at 16:37 PM
Yes and it's it's "Inquisitor " but let's not split heirs. I asked you about the past and to name any project. ANY special or unique project, then I'll concede? #5 Yes that is interesting, I agree.
#7 Posted by Egbert on 20 Jun 2013 at 10:17 AM
Have to agree with Neil (if not his spelling of hairs). The appearance of Keppie's name on a project isn't normally a cause for celebration - they have a track record for producing low-concept high-return commercially-driven blocks dressed in a cut-price approximation of whatever elevational treatment was in vogue 5 years ago. Fine if that's what you want - and by the looks of it Klin Group do - one has to question, though, if this is really the right way to create a 'new quarter' for Kilmarnock, especially on a site this big and this central.
Matt Connell
#8 Posted by Matt Connell on 9 Nov 2017 at 12:18 PM
a much needed boost for our town.

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