Old Ayr Academy refurbished to make way for home of new Ayr Grammar Campus
The works to 'refurbish and remodel' the old Ayr Academy on Fort St, Ayr, have been completed.
The remodelling will also make way for the new registration and archive centre.
Works started on the project in 2018, seeing the start of the demolition of parts of the old Ayr Academy to make way for the fresh new works.
Council officials say that people should not expect 'ultra modern' and that this isn’t a brand new building - it is a community space that combines the best of the ancient and modern on a sight which has had education on it for centuries.
Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, said:
“Our school build programme is helping us to transform learning in South Ayrshire. This new school signifies a fresh chapter in Ayr Grammar’s history, continuing a tradition of learning and teaching on the Ayr Academy site that stretches back to the 13th century.
“We’re committed to closing the gap in South Ayrshire, and I’m sure pupils will be excited to move into their new school as soon as it is possible to do so after the current COVID-19 restrictions are eased.”
In 2016, the council said that the move from the Ayr Grammar building to the old Ayr Academy site would 'transform' the Grammar, with pupils benefiting from separate dining and PE facilities, improved learning and teaching space and modern ICT / resources. There would also be increased parking and additional play areas.
Douglas Hutchison, Depute Chief Executive and Director – People, said:
“The new Ayr Grammar is like an old school building coming back from the dead. The builders and contractors have done an outstanding job of retaining some of the best features of an old and much loved building, while creating modern learning spaces.
“This isn’t a brand new building and people shouldn’t expect ultra-modern. The new Ayr Grammar is a school and community space that combines the best of the ancient and modern on a sight which has had education on it for centuries. I look forward to seeing it thrive when all of the children and staff are able to be back in it safely.”