Hundreds in protest at £ 30m office plook
Objector: ‘ Like Burns House on stilts’
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
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