Beith Townscape Heritage Initiative, Beith, North Ayrshire

Provision of a new village square and associated public realm.

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.



Beith, Ayrshire


North Ayrshire Council



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