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February 21 2019

£3.5m Galston town hall refurbishment wins approval

East Ayrshire Council has agreed funding for a £3.5m streetscape improvement project designed to breathe new life into the towns former Burgh Chambers through the creation of a new library and accessible facilities.

Part of a wider regeneration package for the conservation area the project will see the historic venue fully refurbished, alongside construction of a new heritage-style commercial outlet on the junction of Cross Street and Bridge Street, replacing a now demolished Co-op building.

Councillor Jim Roberts commented: “We’ve had great success building sympathetically designed shop units in Cumnock so it will be good to see the new Galston one taking shape. Having good pedestrian access and attractive landscaping around the buildings will all help to encourage people to use their town centre, bringing more footfall to surrounding businesses and boosting the local economy.”

Since 2013 the Galston Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme has seen 743sq/m of vacant floorspace brought back into use and two buildings removed from the Buildings at Risk Register.

Severe structural flaws necessitated demolition of a former Co-op building
Severe structural flaws necessitated demolition of a former Co-op building

3 Comments

James Hepburn
#1 Posted by James Hepburn on 21 Feb 2019 at 20:28 PM
You don't get much for £3.5m.
Egbert
#2 Posted by Egbert on 22 Feb 2019 at 10:11 AM
What the hell is 'heritage style'?
C. McAlindon
#3 Posted by C. McAlindon on 22 Feb 2019 at 11:23 AM
Not much heritage here, looks like a big new build house, or, in its position in the village, a shop. Should be more in keeping with the next building and recent refurbishment along the road.

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