Ayr landmark repurposed as a school & arts centre
May 20 2021
BDP has completed a full refurbishment of the B-listed former Ayr Grammar as part of work to deliver a new primary and community hub.
Ayr Grammar Primary School has been delivered on behalf of South Ayrshire Council, doubling as a civic hub next to the 17th century Ayr Citadel through the provision of a community arts centre and archives housing historical records and fine art.
Lindsey Mitchell, Architect Director at BDP, said: “This project is an exemplar of how the re-use of historic buildings is relevant to contemporary education. We are hopeful that this fantastic refurbishment will be the catalyst for further regeneration of this important historic area in the town of Ayr.”
“This new education hub is a great example of how to bring the community together in one facility. The creation of a new public amenity that overlooks the river Ayr, and offers active frontage to South Harbour Street, provides the town with a real multi-generational offer that breathes new life into a fantastic historic building.”
Ayr Academy departed its historic home for a new build campus on the Craigie Estate in 2017.
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