Landscape architecture, urban design, planning and ecology consultancy LUC has been appointed by North Ayrshire Council to lead the regeneration of Irvine High Street.

Building on recent regeneration projects in the town centre such as Bridgegate Public Realm, the refurbishment of Bridgegate House and the construction of the new leisure centre, the £3 million project will involve the comprehensive upgrade of the High Street and Bank Street as well as the various vennels that link High Street and Bank Street to East Road car park.

LUC will lead a project team that comprises Peter Brett AssociatesHarley Haddow and Hawthorne Boyle Partnership.

The project confirms North Ayrshire’s commitment to delivering the Irvine Vision as part of an area-wide regeneration initiative based on building a more dynamic, appealing and aspirational Town Centre.

Duncan McLean, associate director in LUC’s Glasgow office, said: “We are thrilled that North Ayrshire Council has chosen LUC to design the new streetscape for Irvine Town Centre. We are thoroughly looking forward to working collaboratively with North Ayrshire Council, the design team and the community to ensure Irvine Town Centre is recognised as a real asset and contributes to the town’s economic, social and environmental success.”

The Irvine High Street project builds on LUC’s experience designing and delivering major public realm projects such as Inverness City Centre, Newcastle Science Central, Glasgow University and Shawfield National Business District.

Councillor Alex Gallagher, cabinet member for economy, said: “Growing our economy, increasing employment and regenerating towns is a key priority for North Ayrshire Council. We have invested in a number of regeneration projects in our town centres including the new Irvine Leisure Centre – the Portal – which is nearing completion. The project confirms our commitment to delivering the Irvine Vision as part of an area-wide regeneration initiative based on building a more dynamic, appealing and aspirational town centre.”

Source: Scottish Construction Now

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