Artist's impression of the new exterior for Marr College in Troon. (Image courtesy of BDP Architects)
Designs and drawings for the stunning new Ayr Academy Learning Campus will be on show at the University of the West of Scotland on Tuesday 28 October 2014 (2pm - 7.30pm) and those for the fantastic refurbishment of Marr College will be shown at Troon Library on Thursday 30 October 2014 (2pm - 7.30pm).
The open days showcase the bright new future for both schools and form part of the ongoing public consultation process before planning consent is applied for. Feedback from these events will be captured and submitted with the formal planning applications early next year.
It also offers a chance for local people to see how their ideas and feedback from previous consultation exercises and workshops have been built into both designs.
And the even better news for both school projects is that Kier Group PLC has now been appointed to undertake the work, managed by Hub South West – bringing extensive experience in managing and delivering high-quality commercial and public sector projects.
Commenting on progress, Councillor Robin Reid, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance said: "It's a very exciting time and, subject to planning approval being granted later this year, work can go ahead to create two fantastic new schools, delivering a top-class, teaching and learning experience for the 21st century and beyond.
"We're aiming to have both projects on site by next summer. The development at Marr will be delivered in phases around normal school activities, with a completion date of early 2018.
"At Ayr, we've had positive meetings with the University of the West of Scotland on using part of their former site for the new build and we're aiming to deliver the new school and learning campus there for the middle of 2017."
An important feature of both school projects is the provision of enhanced sports facilities, offering modern state-of-the-art pitches and changing facilities which can also be enjoyed by the whole community.
At Ayr Academy, this will be integrated into the overall school design with a dedicated sports centre.
At Marr, work to create two superb all-weather pitches will begin in advance of the school refurbishment programme, benefiting from a contribution of £300,000 from sportscotland and designed after community consultation, particularly with the school and local community sports hub.
Councillor Reid continued: "These are very exciting times as we near the start of two huge projects and whole new chapter in the history of both schools.
"I'd encourage anyone interested in how the schools will look and what they will offer to come along to the open days and see these brilliant projects in detail for themselves – it really is a glimpse of a bright new future for Ayr Academy and Marr College!"