Grants take the plunge to boost Girvan pool project

An architect's model design of the new Girvan swimming pool and leisure facility.

An architect's model design of the new Girvan swimming pool and leisure facility.

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One of the largest employers in Girvan has given a huge boost to the plans for a new swimming pool and leisure facility in the town.

William Grant and Sons have set aside £50,000 for South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL), the group driving the plans for the facility to help with the £5.2m construction costs of the building.

Chairman of SCCL Andrew Sinclair said: “Myself and the trustees of SCCL are delighted that the William Grant and Sons foundation have set aside £50,000 in their grant making budget to support the capital cost of this new facility.

“This award would form a package of support which William Grant and Sons together with its staff are putting in place to help SCCL in the delivery of the new centre.

“As chair of SCCL we welcome the confidence this support shows to the community in its endeavours and we look forward to working with the company to develop the project.”

The £50,000 award follows the £4m ringfenced funding from South Ayrshire Council and awards of £250,000 from the Scottish Government and Carrick Futures as well as £100,000 from the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund.

Nick Haddington, CEO of the William Grants Foundation added: “We were impressed with the momentum that SCCL has built up around the project and the considerable community support that’s gathering behind it.

“The William Grant foundation is delighted to offer a contribution of £50,000 towards the new pool and leisure centre subject to other funding and conditions being in place to enable the project to succeed.

“Along with all our employees at the Girvan site, we wish SCCL the very best of luck as they wish to secure everything needed to complete the project.”

Andrew also updated The Gazette on the progress SCCL have made recently with the facility.

“Currently we are working with southwest hub, the main contractor Morrison Construction Scotland and the architects Archial Norr to complete stage one of the design process.

“Once this has been signed off in the next few weeks that will allow us to submit a planning application to South Ayrshire and will let the design team start more detailed architectural work.

“Site investigation has been going on for the past few weeks and this work will allow the contractors to start building towards the end of this year with a projected opening towards the end of 2016.

“Board members have visited leisure facilities run by groups like ourselves in Oban and Cumnock recently which has provided us with a valuable insight into how a leisure facility is run by a group of volunteers.

“Over the next few weeks and months we will be pushing on with the design work, fundraising and developing our skill set to turn our vision into a reality.”