Girvan’s Quay Zone will transform Carrick

Competition winner Robert Whittington will the first member of the newly-named 'The Quay Zone'
Competition winner Robert Whittington will the first member of the newly-named 'The Quay Zone'

The winning name of the new community leisure centre at Girvan Harbour has been unveiled as construction work got underway on the new £6 million swimming pool and leisure facility.

The pool development will be called The Quay Zone and will be operated by South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) on behalf of South Ayrshire Council who say it will transform leisure and community facilities across the area, with a 25-metre swimming pool, soft play area, superb fitness gym, flexible multi-purpose studio/community space, changing facilities and café.

The Quay Zone name and logo were suggested by Ballantrae resident, Robert Whittington, who entered the public competition to name the new centre and now becomes the Quay Zone’s very first member by winning a year’s free membership.

Robert (35), a gardener at Glenapp Castle, said: “I’m chuffed to win the competition, which I only entered as a bit of fun, and am really honoured and excited to be the first member of the Quay Zone. I picked up the competition leaflet from my boys’ school bags and, as we’ve been following developments for the new leisure centre closely, thought I might as well give it a go.

“I came up with the name based on the waterside location for the new centre and to reflect the fact – as we kept hearing – that the centre was going to be much more than just a swimming pool. So, Quay for the water, and Zone because there’s lots of different things you can do. I even thought younger people might even want to shorten it to the QZ!

“Our whole family will definitely be making use of the Quay Zone when it opens – it will make a massive difference to us and I can’t wait to be first through the door.”

Most of the funding for the Quay Zone has been provided by South Ayrshire Council, with additional funding contributions from sportscotland, Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, Carrick Futures, Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund, Scottish Power Renewables Kilgallioch Wind Farm, and the William Grant Foundation.