South Ayrshire Council have announced plans for a £5m new Girvan and South Carrick leisure facility set to be built to open in 2016.
The South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) board agreed the plans at a meeting on Wednesday night.
However, it was understood that the council had promised £4m to be match funded by SCCL for the leisure facility.
A swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, soft play area, multi-purpose studio, café and viewing gallery are on the cards for Girvan and South Carrick in two years time.
They all feature in the final proposals for the new leisure and community facility, which were approved at a meeting of the board of South Carrick Community Leisure.
Andrew Sinclair, Chair of the Board of SCCL, said: “This design and business plan gives us something very realistic for the town and – crucially – something that is achievable, particularly in relation to the level of community fundraising likely to be required.
“Previous designs – although they looked good – just didn’t add up financially. We need to get it right at this stage and create a project that gives us the facilities we want, but that is also affordable and deliverable for the people of Girvan.
“This design and business plan does exactly that and, vitally, provides for a clear timeline – subject to everything working out as expected – that will see our kids swimming in a brand new pool in 2016. That’s what we need, that’s what we want and that’s what this plan will deliver.”
The revised designs and business plan will provide a brand-new two-storey building constructed at Girvan Harbour, providing much needed sport, leisure and community facilities – and a regeneration boost – for the South Ayrshire town.
The facilities will include a 25 metre pool, a two-storey soft play area, a fantastic fitness gym with around 40 fitness stations, a flexible multi-purpose studio that can be used for arts, culture and community events, and a café area where people can keep an eye on the sport and leisure activities underway throughout the centre or simply sit back and enjoy the stunning views out to Ailsa Craig. The £5 million project will be funded by South Ayrshire Council and South Carrick Community Leisure.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said: “I’m very pleased the board have approved the indicative business plan and design and we can now move on to the next steps.
“It’s vital we get this project off the ground sooner rather than later for the people of Girvan and South Carrick – the revised costings and design allow us to do that, while delivering the amenities and services our communities deserve.
“During the recent consultation, the message that came across loud and clear was that local people are tired of waiting and want this facility now. What has been agreed offers an impressive facility that makes the entire project more affordable. This means we can turn it into a reality that much sooner – and that’s what matters to the people and communities of Girvan and South Carrick.”
Further work on funding applications to support the community fundraising will now progress alongside work to finalise the business plan and the designs.
The intention is for the planning application for the new leisure and community facility to be submitted later in the year, with work getting underway by the middle of next year.