Ministers visit Irvine Bay projects
Two key projects being led by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company were visited by Scottish Government Ministers this afternoon.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the Ardrossan Quayside site, while colleague Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, visited the new Ardrossan Medical Centre.
Ardrossan Quayside is part of the wider plan to regenerate Ardrossan. The proposal is for a first phase of contemporary office accommodation with possibilities for a small cafe and chandlery and a second phase of a hotel development. The site has been cleared by the relocation of a boat park to create a gateway and interesting feature for the area. The project recently won £1.8 million funding from the Scottish Government, alongside £437,000 ERDF, £200 South West Hub, and £375,000 Nuclear Decommissioning Agency monies.
The new medical centre on the site of the former police station will provide an excellent improvement for residents and also a first-class facility for visitors – sited as it is very close to the ferry terminal to Arran.
Once completed, the GPs partnership will take a 25-year-lease on the new building supported by the NHS, to provide a doctors’ surgery and ancillary healthcare. Irvine Bay successfully secured £2.5 million of funding from the Scottish Government as part of its commitment to "shovel ready" capital projects.
Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, said: “Scottish Government funding has been key to helping progress these projects at this time, and we are grateful for the support. Ultimately the proposed development will form part of the continuing development at Ardrossan, including the expansion of the marina and development at North Shore, creating new jobs, providing commercial opportunities and new homes which will benefit the local community.”
“The local community is delighted that we have progressed such a needed and long-awaited development for the town that will primarily be of benefit to residents but will also be a valuable resource for tourists and visitors. It will also transform a derelict eyesore on one of the major routes in the town and return to good health a listed building.
“The new Ardrossan Medical Centre has been designed to provide enhanced health services in a modern, bright purpose built centre. The new facility will enable minor surgery and enhanced clinical services to be delivered locally as well as continuing to provide a range of community services such as health visiting, dietetics, podiatry, physiotherapy and district nursing.”
Irvine Bay operates as part of Team North Ayrshire – involving a raft of key organisations working together to ensure businesses can easily access the support they need to realise their ambitions.
Cabinet Member for Economy and Employment, Councillor Marie Burns, said: “The Ardrossan Quayside project is ambitious and exciting in equal measure and allows North Ayrshire to take full advantage of its beautiful coastal location.
“With support from our funding partners, North Ayrshire Council will breathe new life into this community – creating much needed jobs and opportunities and really bringing about a positive change to the area.”
Councillor Anthea Dickson, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “I can think of no better way to improve a derelict site than using it as the location for a modern, state-of-the-art medical centre.
“This valuable resource hub will enable minor surgery and enhanced clinical services to be delivered locally as well as continuing to provide a range of community services such as health visits, dietetics, podiatry, physiotherapy and district nursing.”
“Not only will the new centre revitalise a rundown part of town, it will be a very valuable asset for the people of Ardrossan and the three towns.
“This new facility will improve the health of the town and the community.”