The final proposed designs for the new leisure and community facility at Girvan Harbour were unveiled this week.
South Ayrshire Council said this week that the planning process for the £8 million development is now “officially underway”.
The external designs – by architects Page\Park – propose creating an iconic landmark at the site of the former swimming pool, beach pavilion and existing parking area at Knockcushan Street in the South Ayrshire town.
The designs give a flavour for what’s planned for the inside with proposals for the 3,425 square metre facility including a four-lane swimming pool and teaching pool with associated viewing gallery; a children’s soft play area; a cafe and a community hall for theatre, cinema and other activities; a fitness suite; a rooftop viewing gallery with panoramic views towards Ailsa Craig; and a civic space, parking and landscaping.
The start of the planning process also marks the beginning of a 12-week consultation period which will give local people and interested parties the chance to have their say on the planning aspects of the proposals.
This could include matters such as the impact of the new development on the immediate locality; the look and feel of the proposed development; the layout and design of the proposed development; and the various uses contained within the proposed development.
The consultation, which will run until late January, will include a public exhibition and drop-in sessions at Girvan Town House on 27 November as well as the opportunity to comment online, via a local newsletter and at community council meetings throughout South Carrick.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said: “This really is a milestone for the people of Girvan and marks the start of the formal process to turn the vision of a new leisure and community facility into a reality.
“I’m sure the designs and the progress of the proposals will create a real buzz in the town and I hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to get involved in the consultation.”
Andrew Sinclair, Chair of South Carrick Community Leisure, added: “We all know it’s been a long time coming but the important thing is for us to get the planning and design process right so that we can deliver a facility we can proud of – not just now – but for years to come.
“I’m really pleased with recent progress and delighted the planning process will give local people the chance to have their say on these final designs, which I have to say are truly impressive.
“The next task will be to focus on raising the £4 million investment required to match the council funding so that we can get to work on the actual construction of the new leisure facility as soon as possible.”
The public drop-in exhibition showing the plans, models and images of the proposed facility will be on display at the Town House, Knockcushan Street, Girvan between 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday 27 November 2013 and everyone is invited to attend and give their comments.
Comments can also be submitted online at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/consultations, by email to email@example.com or by telephone on 01292 612704.