Design Awards 2014
New Bridge Street
The buildings at New Bridge Street are grade A and B listed Georgian tenements dating from 1787 and 1834. They form a significant bridgehead and gateway across the River Ayr marking the entry to the town centre.
The fabric of the buildings was deteriorating badly as a result of decades of poor maintenance resulting in leaking roofs, extensive rot and eroding stonework. The outside of the building had also been given multiple costs of pink paint in the 20th century.
Early research identified images of the original configuration of the building, its windows and the stonework.
The project set out to repair and restore the external fabric, renew all the shopfronts in the original glazing pattern and remove all the paint back to the original sandstone finish. Extensive areas of cement render were removed and lime renders applied to allow the building to breath again. This has resulted in the re-emergence of the fine Georgian architecture in this prominent location.