The former bingo hall was demolished in December 2009 to make way for the new business centre, which will provide flexible business, retail and workshop space in small unit size.
The project is being carried out for the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company. Main Contractors for the £1.6 million project are Maxi Construction. Cost Consultants are Doig + Smith Structural Engineers are Scott Bennett Associates Ltd, Mechanical and Electrical Consultants are Harley Haddow, and CDM Co-ordinators are Harley Haddow.
The new two-storey building will provide 1025m2 of flexible, quality accommodation, including offices and workshops for small and start-up businesses, as well as retail space. The steel-framed building will feature zinc, natural stone and facing brick cladding and will incorporate cost-effective innovation, sustainability and green technology.
Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay, said: “The development is going ahead in response to the need for good quality business accommodation to stimulate the local economy, encourage new businesses to start and to attract business relocation into the area.”
A group of first year pupils from Auchenharvie Academy have passed on knowledge on the history of the site of the new business centre to local primary school-children.
The group of four pupils delivered presentations on the site’s days as a cinema to its more recent use as a bingo hall.
They then presented the results of a survey they carried out asking what type of businesses should be attracted to the new building. The pupils did the work for an Irvine Bay school project, and also took part in the company’s Annual Public Meeting
The group, with teacher Martin Holmes, presented first to a P5 and P6 class at Ardeer Primary, followed by a presentation to a P5/6 group at Glencairn Primary who will be carrying out an Irvine Bay Regeneration Company schools project next school year.
Irvine Bay Chief Executive Patrick Wiggins said: “We often say that regeneration is about more than just bricks and mortar, and our innovative and developing programme of work with local schools is testament to the holistic approach we are taking to regenerating the area.
“The visits will help the leadership, communications and teamwork of the first year pupils and hopefully inspire the primary pupils to get involved in following the development of the new business centre and how it will impact on their town.”
Maxi Construction Limited is a building contractor who provides a safe, high-quality, cost-effective service to clients in most market sectors including commercial, community, education, industrial, local authority, residential, retail and sports and leisure.
The company is confident in delivering successful projects which meet or exceed clients’ aspirations in terms of cost, time and quality. They are well placed to service the needs of their growing client base throughout central and southern Scotland.