Mixed-use development planned at former Ayr Grammar School

Mixed-use development planned at former Ayr Grammar School

Plans have been submitted to transform the former Ayr Grammar School into a new hospitality, retail and residential development.

The site on Midton Road was put up for sale in 2022 before it was eventually acquired by Creative Designs Ltd in June last year.

Tom Coughtrie of Creative Designs Ltd has now enlisted ARPL Architects as agents for the planning application.

A supporting statement for the proposals said: “The proposals comprise the conversion of the former Ayr Grammar Primary School to provide a mixed use development containing residential, retail, restaurant, and ancillary spaces.

“A new entrance is proposed on the principal elevation of the building allowing access into the heart of the former school.

“The ground floor classrooms are retained as open spaces well suited to the proposed retail use with little subdivision. The entry route leads through to the main stairwell, opened up to its original form by the removal of the unfortunate storage towers.

“This in turn gives access to the former gymnasium, the focal point of the building where the new restaurant use provides a public celebration of the former spaces.

“The upper floor classrooms are given over to residential use with independent access provided via a new stair and lift.”

The statement also goes on to say that the smaller ancillary building of janitor’s house and modern classrooms will form three new residential units with independent access.

The site itself would also be landscaped to create a “welcoming new planted forecourt,” leading to the entrance.

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