New vi­sion for Seafield

Plans to re­store home to for­mer glory

Ayrshire Post - - MAYBOLE NEWS - Sarah Hil­ley

His­toric Seafield Ho u s e wi l l b e trans­formed into 10 large apart­ments with 27 homes in the grounds if plans goa­head.

Ar­chi­tects will re­store the for­mer Ayr hospi­tal to its for­mer splen­dour and re­tain the land­mark’s pe­riod fea­tures.

A team at Econ­struct De­sign & Build have un­veiled their pro­posal to save the pile that would fea­ture a grand gar­den with a trib­ute to Sir Wil­liam Ar­rol.

The ma­jes­tic hall and gallery space in­side would be pre­served and left as “cir­cu­la­tion” space for the res­i­dents.

One of the apart­ments would be spread over four lev­els and boast its own tower while the houses would have five- bed­rooms.

Di­rec­tor Robin Ghosh whose fa­ther worked as a sur­geon at the hospi­tal said: “We are the only com­pany of work to come up with a vi­able scheme and a way for­ward.

“It is a fan­tas­tic site with easy ac­cess to the beach and the Old Race­course.” Roof­less Seafield House has been empty since 1991 and suf­fered fire dam­age in 2008.

Like Robin ar­chi­tect Donna Kennedy has child­hood mem­o­ries of be­ing in the play­room at Seafield Hospi­tal. She said: “We are all pas­sion­ate about the project. My older brother spent a lot of time when he was a wee boy in there. I have a per­sonal con­nec­tion. It would be won­der­ful to see the plans go ahead.”

A pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion on the plans took place last week at the Town Hall. A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has yet to be lodged.

The de­sign team want to li­aise with the en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment at He­riot Watt Univer­sity to de­sign a gar­den fea­ture in hon­our of Sir Wil­liam Ar­rol.

The fa­mous en­gi­neer who built the Forth Bridge lived in the house.

Robin Ghosh “We are the only com­pany to have a pro­posal to re­store the house to its for­mer glory

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