Irvine bandstand gains a new home

The winners of a truly unique prize welcomed their “trophy” to its new home this week – when the children of St Mark’s Primary in Irvine gained their very own bandstand.

The school won out on a competition to win the bandstand, which had to be relocated to make way for the public realm refurbishment of the Bridgegate area in the town, beating off stiff competition from other local primary and secondary schools who took part in the Rethinking Bandstand contest run by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company.


The competition was launched by artist and sculptor Peter McCaughey, who is creating a new giant artwork for the ongoing regeneration of Irvine town centre. That means the town’s bandstand had to be relocated to accommodate the exciting transformation of the town centre being carried out by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and North Ayrshire Council.

On Wednesday, pupils from St Mark's turned out to welcome the bandstand to its new home in their grounds, with foundations having been laid to ensure the new addition is firmly grounded.

Watch the video of the bandstand arriving.

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay, said: “The school will ensure that the bandstand has a vibrant and exciting future, and in turn will gain access to a unique asset as well as playing a role in the regeneration of their town centre.”

The school’s Head Teacher, Mrs Liz Ness, said: “The pupils learned a great deal from entering the competition, and had a lot of fun as well. We are now looking forward to making use of the bandstand for many educational and recreational purposes. It will also serve as a venue for celebrating school and pupil achievements.”