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The much loved and historic Davidson Hospital in Girvan’s The Avenue has received a huge funding boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For the proposals to renovate the building are on their way to receive £1 million from funders whose aim is to sustain and transform heritage across the UK.

The Heritage Lottery Fund announced its latest round of funding last week and the Davidson proposals passed the first round of funding.

The former Davidson Cottage Hospital was shut down in 2010 but this money is set to transform it into an enterprise centre with rentable office and studio space for start-up businesses.

The £1m windfall also includes a £26,400 development grant.

By passing the first stage, it means that the project meets HLF criteria for funding and HLF believes the project has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money.

The project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals to compete for a firm award.

Girvan based social enterprise charity Ailsa Horizons have been involved in developing proposals for use of the building over the last year but declined to comment at this stage.

Girvan and South Carrick councillor Alec Clark has welcomed the news.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted at this news. When this building closed it felt like a bit of the heart of the community had been taken away as well.

“The building is so important to everyone in Girvan as there aren’t many people in Girvan and the surrounding area that don’t have a connection with the building.

“It’s also great that the building is planned for use by a company in the town and I think it would put a smile back on everyone’s face if the building was open for use again.

“It is a big sum of money for the project and it is hard to understate how much importance the Davidson has to Girvan.”