Bridgegate’s new look a step closer

Plans to revitalise one of the most important streets in Irvine have taken a step closer with the appointment of renowned architects to deliver a £2.4 million scheme.

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, working with North Ayrshire Council, has approved a bid by Austin-Smith:Lord to regenerate the Bridgegate public realm.


The plan, which will transform the physical streetscape and also the way the street is used, will also complement proposals for Bridgegate House, Trinity Church and the town centre.

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, said: “The project aims to re-establish the area as a landmark location, to act as a catalyst for the economic and social regeneration of the town centre, to provide a high quality design solution in creating visual and physical improvements to this key link between the old and new town elements of Irvine town centre.

“The plans will also increase pedestrian traffic and access between the Rivergate Centre and the historic town centre, and encourage additional retail activity.”

Graham Ross, Partner for Austin-Smith:Lord said: “We are thrilled to have been selected for this exceptionally exciting project at Bridgegate. The level of ambition and commitment to creating a stunning public space to enliven Irvine town centre is very welcome and we look forward to working again with Irvine Bay, North Ayrshire Council and their partners to deliver their vision. This project, in tandem with other ongoing initiatives, offers a once in a generation opportunity to transform the area and create a very positive and lasting legacy. We’re very pleased to be playing a part in that.”