Demolition works mark first milestone for new Ayr Grammar

Pupils from Ayr Grammar were among the VIP guests to mark the start of demolition works. The old concrete extension (centre) will be demolished as part of proposals to refurbish the main building

The first steps in a project to deliver a new home for Ayr Grammar Primary School have now been taken with the 1930s extension at the back of the old Ayr Academy being demolished.

With Ayr Academy’s history dating back to 1233, the current Fort Street building has been a local landmark since 1880. Ayr Academy as a school relocated to its new home at Craigie Estate in summer 2017. This new project will see the historic buildings completely refurbished and remodelled to create an inspiring, modern facility with a bright new entrance connecting the school, early years and community facilities.

The proposals involve the demolition of obsolete extensions at the back of the school, a move that will create external space for playgrounds, external teaching and car parking. The work on this phase is expected to be completed by February 2019.

The project also builds on the historic heritage of the site, with the new development including a new home for South Ayrshire Council’s Archive and Registration Services.

The large grey concrete extension (seen on left) is being demolished

The project is being delivered through hub South West, which has appointed Morrison Construction, and a design team led by BDP Architects.

Councillor Peter Henderson, portfolio holder for resources and performance, said it was encouraging to see work underway: “We’re committed to providing the best possible start in life to our young people, with education playing an important role throughout their lives.

“The school has been a local landmark on Fort Street for generations and we’ve now started the journey to secure a long term future for this much loved building.

“The demolition of the old 1930s blocks will open up the site and pave the way for a safe place for our children to play in, as part of the wider proposals being considered.”

If approved proposals would see the old Ayr Academy refurbished as a new home for Ayr Grammar Primary

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of development partner hub South West, added: “It’s fantastic to see enabling works now progressing on this exciting and innovative project that will regenerate one of the most iconic buildings in the seaside town.

“Having delivered the new and re-located Ayr Academy in partnership with South Ayrshire Council in 2017, we’re pleased to be continuing our work to redevelop the school’s old home into the new Ayr Grammar and Archive Centre.”

Morrison Construction operation’s director, Allan Cunningham, added: “It’s an exciting milestone for this project as demolition works begin on site. We look forward to continuing our relationship with South Ayrshire Council and Hub South West and will work closely with all stakeholders to ensure works are undertaken with minimal disruption.”

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