The ambitious project to create a new home for Ayr Grammar Primary School at the site of one of the town's most recognisable landmarks is now well underway. A large section of the old Ayr Academy's obsolete concrete extension has now been demolished ahead of wider refurbishment works that will bring the school back to life.
The £16m project for the new Ayr Grammar will see the historic buildings completely refurbished and remodelled to create an inspiring, modern facility, a new early years centre, community arts facilities, as well as a new Archive and Registration Centre.
The project is being delivered through hub South West, contractors Morrison Construction, and a design team led by BDP Architects.
Councillor Peter Henderson, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance said the demolition works were making good progress, "The ambitious project to relocate Ayr Grammar to this historic site will put it at the heart of the community, with the new school to significantly enhance education for all those who will study there.
"Steady progress is being made on site, with a large section of the old 1939 extension now demolished, and the remainder to be cleared by early next year. The area will be redeveloped as playgrounds, external teaching space and segregated car parking.
"Ultimately we're delivering significant investment for the school on Fort Street in a move that will secure its future for generations to come."
The work on the demolition phase is expected to be completed by February 2019 with the project scheduled for completion in 2020.