Plans for hospital are going ahead

The former Davidson Hospital in Girvan.
The former Davidson Hospital in Girvan.

Ailsa Horizons is pressing ahead with plans to redevelop the former Davidson Hospital in Girvan but says proposals are still at an early stage.

The social enterprise and charity, which is based in Girvan, is looking to develop the the hospital into a small business network and social enterprise centre.

The building would be used as a business incubator and would further develop opportunities for skills development and the sharing of experience and services.

At the current rate of devel­opment, Ailsa Horizons is hoping to have the building open for use sometime in 2015.

Ailsa Horizons confirmed that it met the deadline for stage one funding at the end of last month.

Stuart Lindsay, CEO of Ailsa Horizons, said: “We are taking an interest in buying the hospital from NHS Ayrshire and Arran and we have met the deadline for stage one funding from the Heritage Enter­prise Fund.

“The business case will be presented at the end of this month upon which we have to wait until December 3 for the Heritage Fund.

“The process means we think the building might open in 2015.

“We are keen to give this a go as there is a a great family connection as well as community connections with the Davidson Hospital, so we want to put it back into use to benefit the local economy.”

The Davidson Hospital was closed in 2010 after being opened in 1922 to serve Girvan and the surrounding area. The condition of the building is said to be good.