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Work on track at new athletics facility

Craigie sports facility - Group ready for tour 400 x 400

Councillors and representatives from local sporting organisations, recently enjoyed a tour of the much-anticipated athletics facility at Craigie in Ayr.

The £8.5m Council project, which is set to be completed in October this year, will feature some of the best sporting facilities around, with an eight lane, 400m running track; six lane, 60m indoor running track; and a field events area. It will also boast a 3G all-weather pitch, along with fully accessible changing areas and a café.

Works are progressing well, with the changing block and indoor facilities nearing completion, paving the way for electrics to be installed.

Outside the building, the 400m track has been laid and lined, and contractors are set to start surfacing the access roads, as well as undertaking general landscaping.

On completion, the facility which is located on the former college site next to Ayr Academy, will also have 120 dedicated parking spaces.

Councillor Martin Kilbride, Buildings, Housing and Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "It was fantastic to get a tour of the facility, it's really taking shape. There was a buzz of excitement from those in attendance, many of whom were heavily involved in planning the facility. I have no doubt it will exceed all their expectations when it's finished later this year."

Councillor Brian Connolly, Sport and Leisure Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "This multi-use facility is key to continued sporting achievement in South Ayrshire. Not only is it set to become a first-class training facility, but thanks to the purpose built, all-seated grandstand, we will also be able to host top-class sporting events and competitions."

Ayr Seaforth Athletics Club, Ayr Rugby Club, Ayr United Football Academy, University of the West of Scotland, Scottish Rowing, Scottish Athletics, Ayrshire College and Sports Scotland were all represented on the tour.