Design Awards 2016
Saltcoats Town Hall Restoration
Following an initiative by the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company to save the building in 2012 some facilitating works were tendered to secure the fabric as wind and water tight. McLean Architects were appointed to carry out a Feasibility Study to explore the opportunity of developing the building as a Council hub offering various services to the Three Towns of North Ayrshire including offices and a new function suite. This led to the appointment to provide Conservation Architect and Interior Design services. A Conservation Plan was drawn up noting the significance of the 1826 Tollbooth and its 1892 addition of the Town Hall which was built and funded in response to public demand. Taylor and Fraser were appointed under a traditional contract funding being provided by the Scottish Govt, HLF/HES and NAC for a £3m contract. The buildings have now been fully restored with the consequent catalyst of regenerating the Town Centre. The conservation has focussed on restoring the eroded stonework of the clock tower and the extensive rot and decorative plaster repairs undertaken in the interiors. Specifically the Halls have been successfully re-instated to their former glory.