Beith Townscape Heritage Initiative, Beith, North Ayrshire

Provision of a new village square and associated public realm.

Location

Beith, Ayrshire

Value

£3.5M

Client

North Ayrshire Council

Project Period

2002-2004

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Background

Part of a Townscape Heritage Initiative to regenerate a row of listed properties at The Cross, in the traditional town centre of Beith, Ayrshire.  The site was also bounded by the Kirk Yard, whose Church is also a Listed Building.

Working with Robert Potter and Partners, Chartered Architects, HLA’s design solution involved the creation of a new civic space to act as a focal point for the town, whilst managing the changes in level necessary  to facilitate access to the buildings and shops at ground level and the wider public domain at a higher level beyond. Sophisticated detailing was used to merge level changes and facilitate unimpeded access throughout.

The project received several awards; the Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Commendation 2004; the RICS Scotland Regeneration Award 2005 and the British Urban Regeneration Award for the Best Practice in Regeneration in 2005.

The multi-agency client body included Historic Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Communities Scotland, Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire, North Ayrshire Council, St Vincent Crescent Preservation Trust and Beith Community Council.