A social housing development in Ayrshire town center is taking shape as JR Group completed the erection of a large-scale steel frame for a 31-flat project on Carrick Street in the heart of Ayr, right across from the famous Gaiety Theatre.
During a site visit on Friday, Councilor Martin Kilbride, the new holder of South Ayrshire Council’s housing portfolio, and Gaiety Theater chief executive Jeremy Wyatt tightened the final bolt.
The 31 self-contained apartments for rent on behalf of Ayrshire Housing are now well under way and the completion of the steel frame marks a significant milestone in the construction process of the long-awaited development.
The JR Group team worked with key partners to deliver this major element of the construction process, including the architects, APRL; G3 Engineers, and Steel Fabricators, GR Contracts.
Jim Whiston, director of Ayrshire Housing, said: “It’s great to see real progress being made on this development which will increase the range of housing in the town center with a focus on affordability and adaptability. . It also supports South Ayrshire Council’s ambitious plans to revitalize the town centre.
Craig Whyte, Commercial Director of The JR Group, added: “The completion of the structural steelwork at Carrick Street was a landmark moment for this key regional project. Steel framing was the best option for the site and the durability and tensile strength of steel is making this method of construction increasingly popular.
“Work is continuing on Carrick Street but the arrival of the steel frame shows real progress on time and we are delighted to complete the site and deliver some much needed new homes for Ayr.
“It was excellent to welcome Councilor Martin to Carrick Street on Friday to show off the significant progress made so far on this project, we are delighted he was able to join us in celebrating this milestone.”
Councilor Kilbride commented: “I am delighted that council has been able to support this development. Bringing essential housing to the city center, it contributes to its continuous renewal.
Designated by the association within its framework, the new residences are located in the heart of the city center opposite the Théâtre de la Gaieté. They will complement the ongoing transformation of the adjacent Kyle Center into a movie and entertainment center. The development comprises 22 one-bedroom apartments and nine two-bedroom apartments and is expected to be completed by spring 2023.