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North Ayrshire Council set 'maritime mile' plan for Irvine

February 15 2022

North Ayrshire Council set 'maritime mile' plan for Irvine

North Ayrshire Council has progressed its Grand Harbour initiative with the launch of a consultation detailing the first phase of efforts to reconnect Irvine to its coast via a 'string of pearls'

The linear regeneration drive seeks to reconnect the town with its waterfront through a network of parks, leisure facilities and heritage destinations, for which £14m has been allocated by the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

Initial projects include restoration of the B-listed Pilot Tower House and creation of a park and play facility at the existing Beach Pavilion both of which will serve as honeypots seeding a cultural draw that can help put Irvine on the map as the hub of a 'maritime mile', a waterside walkway linking planned attractions to the town centre.

Planned interventions include investments in public realm and signage to unify this activity behind a coherent active travel route defined by pavement graphics and street furniture as well as the installation of power and water connections for pop-up events at a future marina activity hub.

An enhanced heritage and arts hub around the established Maritime Museum in the town centre is also planned at a later date, terminating a beach walk running parallel with the River Irvine. 

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