Davidson development plans move step closer

The plans by Ailsa Horizons to develop Girvan’s Davidson Hospital into a social enterprise hub have moved forward this week.

The social enterprise and charity stress that the plans are still at an early stage, but they did sumbit a conditional offer for the building ahead of the deadline set by the NHS (18 December).

Lesley Fisher, Community Asset Development Manager for Ailsa Horizons said: “We found out we were successful last Wednesday (December 11) for our first round from the Heritage Enterprise Fund.

“The NHS deadline was sprung upon us and did force our hands somewhat but we did make a conditional offer for the building.

“We will now need to wait and see what happens but it should be stressed that these proposals are at an early stage and we still need to go through another application with the Heritage Fund in 2014.”

Ailsa Horizons also discussed its plans with the Gazette back in September when CEO Stuart Lindsay declared his wish to create a social enterprise and business network in the building.

He said then that he wanted to give the project a go due to the great family and community connections with the hospital, which was closed down in 2010.

The site extends to approximately 0.9 acres. The building was constructed in 1921 and is a grade B listed, two storey property. The site is bound on three sides by established, predominantly detached residential dwellings with a number of Bowling Greens to the north.