Strong interest in former Girvan police office

The for sale sign up at the former Girvan police office in Montgomerie Street.
The for sale sign up at the former Girvan police office in Montgomerie Street.

An open viewing was held at Girvan‘s former police station on Friday morning as the building went on the market.

As reported in last week’s Gazette, the Montgomerie Street office is up for sale as Police Scotland’s estates department hunt for a buyer.

The Girvan policing team moved out of the building last month to new offices in a shared service agreement with Girvan Community Hospital.

Police Scotland invited the Gazette along to the open viewing.

Whilst the Gazette won’t reveal any of the interested parties at the moment, five of them were present at the premises on Friday morning to view the property.

The Gazette spoke exclusively to one of the interested parties after the hour long open viewing had finished.

They said: “I had expected the fabric of the building to be in a better condition to be honest.

“I know there were significant problems with the roof which would have required a lot of money.

“That being said it is an absolutely fabulous building which could provide a big boost to Girvan itself.

“There are many possibilities for the building such as a low key bed and breakfast, which would give a tourism boost.

“It could also make for a tea-room.

“I’m not sure about a family home as upstairs there are five or six bedrooms, but it would be a magnificent home nonetheless.

“What I’d like to do if I am successful in purchasing the building is secure it and then have six months to put my plan into action.

“I’m definitely going to firm up my interest in the building and finance is not a problem for me.

“There are a lot of possibilities with this place and I think it would be good to see a place in Girvan brought back into use with some private capital.”

Police Scotland said on Friday that they had “Eight or nine interested parties” for the property which housed the policing team for over 80 years in Girvan.

They are hoping for a quick sale and depending on the interest that is firmed up after the first open viewing, the estates department hope to hold another viewing soon and then set a closing date for bids.

The Gazette also understands a prominent business was present at the open viewing on Friday.

Whoever takes on the property will have a major job on their hands with the roof requiring major repairs and a lot of the inside requiring significant decorating work.

There is also a problem of cells still being in the building despite them not being used for a number of years which would surely have to be knocked down for any re development work.

However, the building does have the bonus of a large car park at the rear of the property which would be ideal for either a large family home or a small to medium sized business.

There is also significant storage space inside the property.

The building is still on the market and any interested parties should make their interest known by phoning Police Scotland’s Estate Department on 01786 895900.