Work has begun on a long-awaited phase of the promised ‘Quayside’ development at Ardrossan Harbour.
The Irvine Bay Regeneration Company says the site, close to the Marina offices and overlooking the harbour basin, will house a 2,000 square-metre three-storey building with offices on the upper two levels and “the ground floor flexible for a restaurant, retail or leisure use”.
Costing around £3m, the project is being funded mainly by the SNP Scottish Government, which has committed £1.8m from its Capital Regeneration Fund. Additional finance is coming from the European Regional Development Fund (£463,000), the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency (£375,000) and the SouthWest HUB (£196,000).
Irvine Bay Chief Executive Patrick Wiggins said, “Ardrossan Quayside is part of wider and sustained efforts by Irvine Bay to regenerate Ardrossan. There are also plans for a 40-bed hotel adjacent to Ardrossan Quayside, and we are seeking funding to expand the marina.”
The publicly-funded regeneration company originally submitted a planning application for the current phase of development in early 2011, with consent granted in February 2012. Works begun last week are scheduled to be complete by June 2015.