Ayr’s Station Hotel could become wedding venue, hostel or arts space – curatorial group


Ayr’s crumbling Station Hotel could become a posh wedding venue, hotel or art gallery, according to a report from a conservation group.

SAVE Britain’s Heritage proposals could see the couples wed again after years of dismay over the former grand hotel.

The Station Hotel has been in a dangerous state for more than four years and has been covered with white tarps to protect the public.

The scaffolding supporting the B-listed building is costing the taxpayer £60,000 a month.

Ayrshire Live told earlier this year how council chiefs were losing patience over the long saga and considering demolition as an option.

However, independent building experts say they have the perfect plans to save it from bulldozers after publishing their findings as they look ahead to a bright future.

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Demolition could be an option for the crumbling Station Hotel
Demolition could be an option for the crumbling Station Hotel

SAVE has reclaimed condemned buildings across the UK with Cumnock’s Dumfries House included in its impressive portfolio.

He now hopes his latest report will show the true potential of a “significant enough historic building”.

And SAVE compared the potential of the bustling former center to Glasgow’s art and exhibition space, The Briggait, or the lavish Blythswood Hotel.

Other proposals could see the building partially converted into a destination pub, with space for events such as conferences and weddings, with hotel and hostel rooms on the upper floors.

James Knox, co-author of the new SAVE report, said: “This groundbreaking report offers a realistic roadmap for the restoration and repurposing of the Station Hotel complex.

“Politicians and railway authorities must seize this opportunity to break the current stalemate and, with the help of SAVE, transform the station complex into a thriving hub.

“SAVE has a proven track record in Ayrshire with its key role in saving Dumfries House and the remarkable community regeneration that comes with it.

“Now is the time to support their plans for the historic county town of Ayr.”

SAVE helped save Dumfries House
SAVE helped save Dumfries House

SAVE has analyzed the figures to reveal the estimated total costs of each option, including the costs of essential repair work.

The most expensive option would be a hotel/hostel which would cost £18.8million.

Second would be a business center / arts and crafts center which would cost £18.4m, followed by a new hotel costing £18.2m.

The two cheapest options would be mixed-use, with the combination of business centre, hotel and reception space costing £17.6million.

The cheapest option would be a mix of a hotel and a new station costing £12.394 million.

SAVE says the work would be suitable for an investment of £5million from lottery funds, with additional funding from other granting agencies, fundraising and some commercial investment.

And he thinks the £10million station refurbishment will cut costs for transport chiefs after announcing a new station would cost around £25million.

Marcus Binney, Executive Chairman of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, said: ‘Ayr Station Hotel, although neglected, is an extremely robust, well-built and durable structure, as one would expect from the famous Scottish engineer who built it. built. SAVE will now actively seek partners to invest in and operate the proposed uses. »

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