Introducing a brand new look for Irvine’s Bridgegate
Local MSP and Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess carried out the official launch of the Bridgegate public realm project which is expected to bring a boost to the economy, attracting new retailers and increasing footfall to the area.
Margaret Burgess MSP said, “I am delighted to see the successful completion of this outstanding project. Local people have been directly involved in the transformation, commenting on ideas and helping to shape the public art which is a central element of the refurbishment. Their involvement is core to the success of this regeneration project, which is about providing new opportunities for local people.”
Find out more about the regeneration of the Bridgegate.
The public realm, artworks and streetscape improvements are part of a wider £30m regeneration programme also comprising the restoration of an A-listed former church into a dynamic new commercial opportunity, the redevelopment of a main public office and retail property, and a new-build leisure centre for the town.
The refurbished Bridgegate features major public artwork, commissioned from artist Peter McCaughey.
Doug Smith, Chair, Irvine Bay Regeneration Company commented, “The transformation of the town centre is a key element in our overall plans for regeneration. As we work to bring new jobs and businesses to the area we believe it is an essential element in the overall plan to create places where people choose to do business and enjoy spending time.
“As part of the project, our contractors Land Engineering provided trainee roles to 6 local young people, providing an important boost to kick-start their careers.”
The completion of work, in time for the Christmas rush, is a moment to celebrate the regeneration of the town centre, which is part of the wider plan to see a new wave of economic success come to the town.
Welcoming the development, North Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Willie Gibson said, "Working in partnership with Irvine Bay and other bodies, we have been able to create a town centre that local people can be really proud of.
“The high quality of workmanship, the exciting public art and the involvement of local people in so many different aspects of the refurbishment have made this project truly distinctive.
“It is exciting to see the outcome of the work that has taken place and, speaking on behalf of everyone at North Ayrshire Council, I look forward to the economic benefits that this project will bring and the contribution it will make to the strategic regeneration of Irvine town centre."