Multi-million pound boost

Two major projects in Irvine Bay have secured almost £3 million of Scottish Government funding – with a further £0.5 million won for Millport.

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company’s successful applications for Capital Regeneration Fund money for both Ardrossan Quayside (£1.8 million) and Saltcoats Town Hall (£1.1 million) will create significant progress for the two towns.

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North Ayrshire Council was also successful in its application for more than £0.5 million for the Millport Marine Biological Station.

Ardrossan Quayside is part of the wider plan to develop Ardrossan North Shore. The proposal is for contemporary office accommodation and a hotel with possibilities for a small cafe and chandlery. There will also be public car parking and the existing boat park will be relocated, proving an interesting feature for the area.

Ultimately the proposed development will form part of the continuing development at Ardrossan North Shore and the expansion of the marina, creating new jobs and providing commercial opportunities which will benefit the local community.

In spring 2013 it was confirmed that ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) funding would provide £465K towards the cost of the development.

Irvine Bay has been working closely with North Ayrshire Council on the Saltcoats Town Hall project to bring it back into regular use. The B-listed town hall has the potential to once again become a focal point for the town centre, as a heritage centre, gallery, museum and office space.

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, said: “This is fantastic news. To gain around £3 million to help progress these projects is hugely important in bringing about positive change, creating jobs and opportunities.

“We are grateful for the funding and for the continued support for our work and our plans that this demonstrates. We will continue to work closely with our partners, particularly North Ayrshire Council, to ensure this progress continues.”