Georgian makeover sees landmark tower restored to life this Christmas

 15 December 2017  |  


A well-known South Ayrshire landmark is enjoying a new lease of life after a restoration project was completed in Ayr. Newton Tower has now been unveiled following a seven week project which has taken the structure back to its former glory.

One of the few remaining examples of Georgian architecture in the district, Newton Tower was erected in 1795 as an addition to the now long gone Newton-on-Ayr Parish Church. The Tower sits on the corner of Main Street and King Street and is probably best known to drivers as a landmark traffic island connecting to one of the town's main road arteries.

The £24,000 project saw the structure power washed and sympathetically painted in its original colours. With its distinctive white spire and ivory walls the building has now been restored the way it would have looked when it was first built.

Councillor Peter Henderson, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance said the building was now back to its best, "We've restored Newton Tower back to its original condition, with thousands of people every day now able to see the building as it would have looked in its hey-day.

"The work complements recent energy efficiency work at flats around the King Street roundabout, with the investment helping to improve the environment both for people who live there and for visitors to the town.

"I'd like to thank drivers for their patience during the works at Newton Tower, which required a minor traffic diversion. I'm sure they'll agree, though, that the end results have been worth it, as we've breathed new life into this landmark building."