THE £30million regeneration of Irvine town centre reached a new milestone this week with the appointment of the company who will carry out a comprehensive programme of public realm and streetscape improvements within the Bridgegate area.
Ayrshire-based Land Engineering will begin initial works on the programme of £2million regeneration works on Tuesday 17th July with the work scheduled to run until Autumn 2013.
The major imporvements work on the Bridgegate will include improvements to both the hard and soft landscaping, provide improved signage, lighting and street furniture and incorporate a number of public art features.
Local training opportunities
A key aspect of the streetscape works is the provision of specific training opportunities for eight local unemployed people, who will be employed by Land Engineering.
Patrick Wiggins, chief executive, Irvine Bay said: “I’m delighted to see this major investment in public realm works underway. I understand and appreciate fully that there will be a level of disruption during the ongoing works but I’m confident that upon completion this work will have a major long-term benefit for the town.”
Councillor Marie Burns, spokesperson for Economic Development and Regeneration, said: “I am delighted at the progress now being made in Irvine town centre.
“The people of Irvine are now beginning to see the plans become a reality, with the beginning of this ambitious work in Bridgegate itself following the start of refurbishment at Bridgegate House.
“We are working with our partners at Irvine Bay and the contractors to plan the regeneration of Irvine town centre and minimise disruption as much as possible.
“I believe the end result will be a positive one – one which gives local people increased pride in their town, while making it a more attractive destination for visitors and businesses looking to invest in the town.”
About the Irvine Town Centre Initiative
The Irvine town centre initiative is a partnership led by North Ayrshire Council and supported by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company.
The initiative outlines a vision to regenerate the town centre and kick-start the local economy by building upon the town’s historic beauty and complementing other planned developments in and around Irvine.
Works will focus on four projects over the next five years:
- Major public realm works and improvements in the Bridgegate area
- The refurbishment and redevelopment of the A-listed Trinity Church as a commercial opportunity
- The development of an iconic new sports and leisure centre for the town centre
Other partners in the initiative include Rivergate Shopping Centre (ING), Historic Scotland Trinity Trust and SportScotland.
Irvine Bay Regeneration Company
Irvine Bay Regeneration Company seeks to develop and revitalise the five towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Kilwinning and Irvine in North Ayrshire through a £100million, ten to twelve year programme to boost the local economy and make the area an attractive and prosperous place to live, work and to visit. Our partners are North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government.