Hun­dreds in protest at £ 30m of­fice plook

Ob­jec­tor: ‘ Like Burns House on stilts’

Ayrshire Post - - Around Ayr - Sarah Hil­ley

Calls have been made for the ‘ new face of Ayr’ to un­dergo a pub­lic trial.

South Ayr­shire Coun­cil’s pro­posed new of­fice block, part of a £ 30 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment at the River­side, has at­tracted over 360 ob­jec­tions.

Now a pub­lic meet­ing mabye im­mi­nent, Al­loway and Doon­foot Com­mu­nity Coun­cil heard last week.

Coun­cil­lor Siob­hian Brown told the com­mu­nity coun­cil a meet­ing in­volv­ing the ar­chi­tects Kep­pie and plan­ners could hap­pen in the fu­ture.

For­mer teacher Ray­mond Bramwell said: “It is like Burns’ House on stilts to me.”

There were also ques­tions about the ex­act na­ture of Ayr Re­nais­sance’s in­volve­ment in the con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal.

But Coun­cil­lor Brown con­firmed it was solely South Ayr­shire Coun­cil’s project.

She pointed out how well- known and re­spected ar­chi­tects Kep­pie had de­signed many schools.

In a state­ment Coun­cil­lor Brown added: “This is a very im­por­tant project, where we have an op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing great and start to make some much­needed, long- term changes to our town cen­tre.

“I want the peo­ple of Ayr ex­cited about the changes hap­pen­ing in our town – not dis­ap­pointed. It is very im­por­tant that we get this right.”

Fort Seafield and Wal­lace­town com­mu­nity coun­cil chair Nor­man McLean said: “We need a pub­lic meet­ing so every­one can have their say on the mat­ter.

“The build­ing is sim­ply not good enough.”

So far two deputy Lord Lieu­tenants of Ayr­shire, David Dick­son and Pa­trick Lorimer, have slated the plan.

A ma­jor gripe is s the lat­est de­sign n does not re­sem­ble e an orig­i­nal mas­ter plan, which gen­er­ated ex­cite­ment in the he town.

It had fea­tured ed three grand build­ings and was as touted as a vis­i­tor or at­trac­tion, which ch would be home to restu­ar­ants and bring­ing life to the river.

The orig­i­nal pro­posal came from ar­chi­tects Níall McLaugh­lin and land artist Charles Jencks and was in­spired by Italy. It was sup­posed to house a ho­tel as well as restau­rants in con­junc­tion with 350 coun­cil em­ploy­ees.

A South Ayr­shire Coun­cil spokesman said there were no plans for a pub­lic meet­ing cur­rently but that po­si­tion may change.

out­cry Nor­man McLean, cen­tre, is one of those against the de­sign of the pro­posed flag­ship build­ing

set­ting the agenda How The Ayr­shire Post ex­clu­sively re­vealed last month’s story

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