Council’s Burns House building in Ayr is to be demolished

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Eyesore Burns House is set to be torn down this upcoming year.

Staff working at South Ayrshire Council’s Burns House in Ayr will be relocated to other offices to allow work to get underway.

The move means historic Burns Statue Square will be completely transformed.

The decision was announced as part of the council’s budget for the year, which comes into effect next month.

The cost to flatten the office block is estimated to be £1.26 million.

Council leader, the SNP’s Douglas Campbell said: “We will relocate staff from Burns House into properties already owned by the council in Ayr and other town centres to continue to support the local day time economy.”

Speaking during his budget speech, he added:“This will result in the demolishing of Burns House commencing during this financial year.”

Meanwhile across the road the crumbling Station Hotel remains covered over as question marks hang over its future.

It is understood ScotRail staff will never return to the dangerous building. It is believed they are to be housed in new portable cabins across the railway line at empty ground on Station Road.

The option of a new transport hub being built in the vicinity of Burns Statue Square has been mooted in the past. But no solid plan has emerged.  

Councillor Campbell said: “We maintain dialogue with the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland and Network Rail about future investment at the station. Once we are clearer about their intentions we will begin discussions on the future of Burns Statue Square.”

The council’s former regeneration contractor Ayr Renaissance was tasked with hiring consultants to redesign the space at the top of the High Street.

There has also been speculation about the future of the art deco style Odeon cinema building in light of attempts to attract a tenant to open a mega screen complex in the Kyle Centre.