New life is sought for Saltcoats station building

One of the best-loved buildings in Saltcoats is to be given a new lease of life by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company – and a whole raft of opportunities will be created for local people as a result.

A successful application for Scottish Government funding for the project via the Town Centre Regeneration Fund means the Saltcoats station building is set to be transformed.

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As well as potential work for local and other businesses during the refurbishment, the work will also create opportunities once it is completed.

The regeneration company is seeking potential occupiers for the B-listed building for the space that is to be created – ground floor accommodation of 132 sq m suitable for food and beverage or retail use; and offices ranging from 13.5 sq m to 20.5 sq m and totalling 70 sq m on the first floor.

The plans are certain to meet with local approval if the response of mother and daughter Sheena Watt and Joyce Hall are anything to go by. Joyce got in touch with Irvine Bay Regeneration Company as she was keen to know what was planned for her former family home.

Irvine Bay invited the two women to “host” a guided tour podcast of the building which will be used to help market it. During the 4-minute broadcast, they share their memories of their time living in the landmark building and stress that they will be content if the building is saved, regardless of its future use.

However Irvine Bay Chief Executive Patrick Wiggins said: “Hopefully we can do better than that. We believe this building can help to provide new impetus and opportunities for local businesses and the community, and become a real focal point that people will be proud of.”

Those interested in learning more about the building should contact Arthur Watson, Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, on 01294 608634.