Galston Town Centre Redevelopment


Many of Galston Town Centre's historic buildings have been undergoing extensive renovations since the foundation of the Galston Community Development Trust and the start of an extensive Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) in 2013. Many of the town's precious old buildings, including the Buck's Head Inn and the Principal Cafe have been extensively refurbished and given a new lease of life.

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 have necessitated demolition. We take the safety of the public, residents, and contractors very seriously. In order to carry out the demolition, to be undertaken by Reigart Contracts Ltd, we have had to shut a short section of Cross Street but diversions are in place and the Local Office has been relocated to Galston Library.

Plans are being drawn up for public consultation for the future of the area.

Meanwhile local retailers are gearing up for a busy Christmas trade.

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. 

Weekly updates

Week commencing 11 December 

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  • break out front lintol beam
  • complete remainder of demolition of first to roof level wall removals
  • commence isolation works at perimeter of level 1 floor slab
  • paths  being cleared daily
  • yellow bus service continues to run
  • Vibrant Communities to run a pop up messy play event on Saturday 16 December (see below for details)

 Week commencing 4 December

  • roof ring beam removals ongoing
  • scaffold dropped to level 1 at 3 elevations
  • yellow bus service continues to run
  • Vibrant Communities to run a pop up boxing event on Saturday 9 December (see below for details)
  • paths  being cleared daily

Week commencing 27 November

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  • complete roof structure removal.
  • complete reduction in height of first to roof walls to approx. 1.2m above first floor level
  • commence first floor removal to form isolations at rear and against Local Office.
  • commence reducing scaffold height to first floor level
  • pop up boxing on Saturday 2 December (see below for details)
  • Fly tippers fined for dumping rubbish at former Co-op building 


 Week commencing 20 November

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  • Two page feature on Christmas shopping in Galston published in The Magic of Christmas supplement in Ayrshire Post, Irvine Times, Kilmarnock Standard
  • Yellow bus continues
  • Vibrant Communities run a pop up photobooth on until Saturday 25 November (see below for details)
  • Galston Community Council Christmas Fair Sunday 26 November
  • paths being cleared daily


Week commencing 13 November

  • two page feature on Galston will appear in the Christmas Shopping supplement of the Ayrshire Post/Kilmarnock Standard/Irvine Herald, week commencing 20 November 2017.
  • The ‘Yellow’ bus service continues to run.
  • Vibrant Communities to run a pop up traditional games event on Saturday 18 November (see below for details).
  • paths are being cleared daily. 
  • Reigart update for w/c 13/11/17: continue with roof structure removal; and commence first to roof level wall removals at rear elevation.

Week commencing 6 November 2017



  • Christmas themed local press advertising feature in preparation
  • yellow bus continues to run (see below for routes and times)
  • Youth Express bus to visit town centre on Saturday 11  (see below for times and details)
  • paths are being cleared daily
  • new signage  has now been erected
  • scaffolding to front, rear and two side elevations now complete
  • copings removed from external walls
  • roof structural removal commenced and continuing
  • demolition is progressing on schedule


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Week commencing 30 October

  • the demolition programme is on schedule
  • yellow bus service continues to run (see timetable and locations below)
  • boxing event planned at Cross Street Car Park on Saturday4 (see below for time)
  • paths are being cleared daily
  • internal propping has been finalised and signed off by the structural engineer
  • scaffolding has been erected to the rear of the building
  • propping to the front canopy installed
  • front scaffolding progressing
  • felt covering has been removed from roof
  • hand demolition at roof level has commenced

Week commencing 23 October

 Galston Co-op stripping out complete

  • the internal strip of the former Co-op building is now complete (see pic)
  • yellow bus service continues to run (see timetable and locations below)
  • traditional games planned at Cross Street Car Park on Saturday 28 (see below for time)
  • paths being cleared daily
  • foundations of the former local office are being surveyed
  • planning underway for Chiristmas shopping feature in local papers

Week commencing 16 October 

  • Complete internal strip out
  • Complete removal of ground floor coverings
  • Continue propping works

Week commencing 9 October 


Completed works

  • Removal of floor coverings
  • Scaffolding complete
  • Propping for basement and ground floor
  • Internal strip-out 95% complete 

Week commencing 2 October 

Completed works

  • Promotional feature published in this week’s local papers
  • usiness Event arranged by Economic Development (4 October)
  • Yellow bus service commenced Monday 2 October
  • Free bus service being promoted locally by local businesses
  • Local events programme will commence Satruday 7 October 
  • Continue soft strip works internally
  • Carry out asbestos removals in Co-op bulding
  • Finalise propping scheme for installation
  • Commence prop deliveries for basement area
  • Erect new town centre signage

Week commencing 26 September 

Completed works

  • Reigart establish welfare facilities
  • Gap site area cleared and access opening created in hoarding
  • Heras fencing erected at both ends of road closure section
  • Debris netting ordered for heras fencing
  • All additional signage requested by ARA erected
  • Additional pedestrian signs relating to route through church graveyard arranged and erected
  • Local Office dilapidation survey issue completed 
  • Coloured signage at major road entry points to Galston
  • Dilapidation survey of pub and properties at rear
  • Remaining Co-op fixtures removed by Reigart
  • Commence asbestos removals
  • Commence prop deliveries for basement area
  • Scottish Water basement pump equipment salvage

Week commencing 18 September

Completed works

  • Traffic management scheme erected by Contraflow 
  • East Ayrshire Council (EAC) arranged and attended disconnection of gas supply and electricity
  • Reigart worked 18 - 21 September preparing areas internally, bricking up the link opening from the former Local Area Office on the first floor

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Shop local

Although there is a temporary closure of a short stretch of Cross Street, all the Galston shops are very much open for business and appreciate local support. Pedestrian diversions are in place, HGVs are being diverted from the area and all the town centre car parking is open as normal. Galston has some fantastic, locally owned businesses offering the best in personal service. We hope that everyone will make a point of continuing to shop in the town and look forward to unveiling exciting new plans for the town centre soon.

Galston shuttle bus

We are running a  free shuttle bus service in and around Galston town Centre. There are two shuttle runs per day. Pickup and drop off locations are as follows:

11am  Maxwood Road - Bus Stop at the Library
11.01  Opposite the Maxwood Hotel
11.03  Bus Stop at the top of Maxwood Road
11.05  Top and Bottom of Cairn View
11.08  Bottom of Belvedere View at BT Building
11.10  Duke Street Monument
11.12  Glebe Road at Old Primary School
11.14  Brewland Street Top and Bottom
11.16  Milrig Crescent Bus Stop
11.18  Portland Road Roundabout
11.19  Factory Shop
11.20  Terminating at the Cross at the Bakers 

The Shuttle Service leaves the Cross at the Bakers again at 11.55am and picks up and drops off as per the route at the estimated times past the hour, terminating again at the Cross at 12.20pm, leaving the Cross again at 12.55pm to drop off only and ending for the day thereafter.

Events and activities

Date and timeEventVenueContact
Saturday 27 January Traditional games Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104

Saturday 20 January

11am - 1pm

Boxing Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104

Saturday 13 January

11am - 1pm

Arts and Crafts Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston

East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104

Saturday 6 January 

11am - 1pm

Archery  Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston

East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104

Saturday 16 December
11am - 1pm
Youth express bus Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston

East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104

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 here:

Useful contacts

Contact Information

Planning & Building Standards
Telephone: 01563 576790
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