Galston Town Centre Redevelopment

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Bridge Street re-opens to two way traffic on Friday 2 February

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. 

Some of the town's precious old buildings, including the Buck'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. We take the safety of the public, residents, and contractors very seriously.

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. The road will re-open to traffic on 2 February. The pavement at Portland Arms will remain closed temporarily until restoration works on that building are complete.

We will  shortly be holding a public consultation on our future plans for the area. Details will be 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:

Weekly updates

Latest pictures: 


workingBucks head

 Week  commencing 29 January



  • contractor completed  machine works to the site area on Friday 26 January
  • fencing and hoarding, installation of locked double access gate to be completed this week 
  • sheeting and framing of gable and rear elevations of the Local Office commenced Monday 29  and will  be completed this week
  • road to be swept clean on Friday morning by a road sweeper and be reopened to 2 way traffic from 3pm on Friday 2 Feb as confirmed at a site meeting attended by ARA, Flemings, CARS, and EAC.  
  • CARS and their contractor will be responsible for ongoing traffic management after the road reopens on Friday
  •  The footpath  along the Portland Arms frontages will remain closed on an extended permit until CARS project on the building is completed 


Week commencing 15 January 2018

Plans are being finalised to commence works in the following areas on Monday 5 February 2018: 

19-23 Bridge Street

The works will see the full repair and refurbishment of the roof and walls. Structural repairs and rot works will be carried out to the floors, walls and roof. New windows, doors and new render will be added and finally a new traditionally styled shop front will be installed.

These works will not require a road closure but scaffold will be located over the public footpath while it remains open and accessible. All deliveries will be carefully managed to minimise impact on traffic flow in the town centre. These works are expected to take 16 weeks to complete.


5-9 Bridge Street

It is hoped that these works will commence around the same time as the same contractor is carrying out both schemes. The works will comprise extensive roof repairs, stone repairs, and the installation of two new shop fronts. These works do not require a road closure but will require a pavement scaffold. Both shops will remain open during the work and both flats occupied.


The Mayflower, 15 Cross Street

This small project will include repairs to the essential fabric of the building. Works will incorporate slated roof works / structural works, lead works, repair and repointing of masonry works, repairs / replacement of rainwater goods, associated timber repairs and rot works, replacement new timber traditional shop front. This project will not require a road closure but scaffolding will be required over the wide public footpath which will remain open and allow pedestrian access. These works are expected to take 6 weeks to complete.

Week commencing 8 January 2018

Happy New Year! 

  • Three new tenants confirmed for the refurbished Portland Arms, which will by run by Galston Community Development Trust and is due to open at the end of February

David Richmond Chair of the Galston Community Development Trust said: "We are delighted to announce that agreement has been reached with a Physiotherapist, an Architect and  a Financial Advisor to take up 3 of the 4 upstairs offices when works are completed at the end of February 2018. We are now looking for a suitable tenant for the small retail unit available downstairs." 

  • The owners of the Principal Cafe go into 2018 having clocked up 99 years as a family business. Read their story as they prepare for next year's 100th anniversary and celebrate their newly renovated building, thanks to our CARS scheme, funded by ourselves and Historic Environment Scotland 
  • Reigart remobilised on site 8/1 with machine and manual demolition

  • Basement and G.F. works being progressed – material segregation and sorting/levellingHoarding works being booked to suit site programme

  • Hoarding owrks being booked to suit site programme
  • Cores being taken on 12 Jan at local office gable area (on Co-op site) 


Week commencing 18 December 

Irene Hall

We have appointed Irene Hall, Project Manager,  East Ayrshire Council, to oversee the works. She will be liaising with local businesses, community groups and residents for the duration of the project.

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  • machine demolition to commence to remove level 1 front canopy and reduce building to ground floor level

  • scaffolding to be dropped from full building perimeter

  • site to be secured with heras fencing for 2 week Christmas and New Year shutdown

  • traffic management alterations to be carried out on 22nd Dec- re-open Brewlands St as 2 way- retain pedestrian arrangements as they are

  • Cross St will remain closed

  • Revised traffic management period will be in force unil 2nd February- subject to review as both sites progress after the holiday shutdown

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Week commencing 11 December 

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  • front roof level lintol removed 
  • scaffold dropped at front elevation
  • first floor to roof level brickwork walling  removal 90% complete
  • 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


 Demolition wc 30 October 2017updateDemolition 1 wc 30 October 2017

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

Image gallery 


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


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


Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston

East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104


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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