Galston Town Centre Redevelopment

Galston's regeneration enters new phase

Many of Galston Town Centre's historic buildings have been undergoing extensive renovations since the foundation of the Galston Community Development Trust  (GCDT) and the start of an extensive Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) in 2013. 

Some of the town's precious old buildings, including the PortlandBuck's Head Inn and the Principal Cafe have been extensively refurbished and more are currently being worked on.

The grant funding for these projects has come from Historic Environment Scotland and East Ayrshire Council, which has allowed building owners to carry out sympathetic repairs using appropriate, long lasting materials.

At the same time, structural faults in the former Co-op building came to light which necessitated its demolition. In order to carry out the demolition, undertaken by Reigart Contracts Ltd, we had to partially restrict traffic flow in Bridge Street, shut a short section of Cross Street, put diversions in place and relocate the Local Office to Galston Library.

The fabric of the Co-op building has now been demolished and the site cleared. And bright new plans have been drawn up to show what the centre of Galston could look like.

We have held a public consultation on our future plans for the area. Details are published here and in the local press and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

We hope that everyone will continue to show their support for traders by shopping local.

While this work is ongoing, this page provides regular news and updates on the progress and plans for the future development of Galston Town Centre. 

To find out more details about any aspect of the redevelopment contact our Project Manager, Irene Hall. She is available on 01563 576611 or email: irene.hall@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

Updates

We've now drawn up some very exciting new plans for Galston. They're on display in Galston Library and at the Community Centre or you can see them here. We provided two options for people to choose from in our public consultation which has now closed. We will shortly be announcing our findings and proceeding with the next phase of Galston's redevelopment.  

Galston local office Option 1Option 1

  • refurbish the Former Town Hall and move the Library to the first floor of the building
  • form a more open Contact Centre, including an IT suite for the Library
  • build a new retail unit on the corner site with a landscaped space between it and the Town Hall

Galston local office option 2Option 2

  • refurbish the Local Office and move the Library to the first floor of the building
  • extend the existing local office this will allow for an open Contact Centre with separate interview/office space and IT suite
  • large library space
  • separate offices and meeting space
  • hard landscape the remaining site with trees planted, but kept open enough to allow for public events

We held a "thank you" party at the newly opened Portland building to celebrate the completion of the CARS projects. Read all about Galston CARS success.

Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)

Galston's Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme first started to take shape in 2013 and several projects, including the Buck's Head and the Principal Cafe, have enjoyed extensive renovations thanks to the grant funding which made uneconomic but essential repairs possible. Local building companies, with specialist craftsmen, have been undertaking the contracts, providing skilled jobs and breathing new life into buildings and the local economy. More projects are currently underway. Read about some of the successes:

We've accumulated a timeline of the progress made since the Co-op building demolition started. And some of those images are here:

Useful contacts

Contact Information

Planning & Building Standards
The Johnnie Walker Bond
15 Strand Street
Kilmarnock
KA1 1HU
Telephone: 01563 576790
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