Project status: Complete

Main Street, Kilwinning

The refurbishment of Kilwinning Main Street is designed to create renewed interest and activity in the centre of this North Ayrshire town. New paving, seating, lighting and landscaping all contribute to making this a dynamic area that will attract new business, create jobs and increase visitor numbers.

Work to refurbish Kilwinning Main Street is complete and an official opening by Alex Neil MSP, Minister for Housing and Communities, took place on 21 October 2010. The redevelopment is one of the key development areas highlighted in the Kilwinning town centre regeneration plan

In 2011 the project won the Public Realm/Landscaping category at the prestigious UK Roses Design Awards for architects and designers, and was also named as runner-up in the Investors in Education category at the Ayrshire Business Awards.

Main Street transformation

The building work on the Main Street was carried out by Land Engineering between April 2009 and Autumn 2010.

The redevelopment of the Abbeygate area has made an attractive market square, which has already attracted a regular Farmers Market to the area.

Extending the project

Because the project was within the budget several additional pieces of work are being undertaken.

  • Young people from Kilwinning Academy are creating a tiling mural one of the tunnels connecting the street to the car park, with direction from a local artist
  • We sponsored a festive lighting programme, a great boost for pre-Christmas trading
  • Some permanent landscaping will be carried out at the Eastern end of town

Benefits for Kilwinning

Together these activities can encourage new retail businesses into the town, support new jobs and lead to the wider regeneration of the area. Pedestrian activity will be increased, and a safe and appealing environment created, to act as a catalyst for future investment.

Already, 9 new businesses have opened their doors in the Main Street, since the works began.

Many of the ideas for the town centre were developed through a project with pupils at Kilwinning Academy.

Other education projects are connecting with the refurbishment of the Main Street, including an artist led project to create tiling for a mural.

Employment and training

As part of the contract, Land Engineering provided 12 skills-based training positions with 312 weeks of training. 6 trainees took part during phase 1, with 3 of them now working on full-time contracts for  Land Engineering. 6 further trainees are gaining work experience during phase 2. Training opportunties were also provided to pupils of Kilwinning Academy.

This is the first time that Irvine Bay Regeneration Company has built in targeted recruitment and training as part of the tender for a large contract.

News stories

Project keeps Kilwinning Awards 17 October 2011
Building on success in the market 11 January 2011
Young and creative pupils help shape the future 20 December 2010
Regeneration big business at Kilwinning event 11 November 2010
Crowds flock to Kilwinning's inaugural farmers' market 25 October 2010
Communities minister hails Main Street a success 21 October 2010
A taste of the future for Kilwinning Main Street 14 October 2010
Farmers' market sets out Kilwinning stall 26 May 2010
New enterprise just the ticket for Kilwinning 29 January 2010
New life for town and for trainee 23 November 2009  
Kilwinning pupils' healthy experience 11 November 2009
Communities minister visits Irvine Bay 21 July 2009
Irvine Bay announces £2.75m project 19 March 2009 


James Ledgerwood - 01294 322509

Key partners:

  • North Ayrshire Council
  • Land Engineering
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