New vision for Seafield
Plans to restore home to former glory
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