A FEASIBILITY study on the future of the station hotel in Ayr shows that the B-listed building could become student accommodation or a new transport hub.

The study looked at a variety of options for the building, ranging from complete restoration, to demolition.

Recent interest from private investors over the last few months has meant that there is a possibility that the privately owned building could be transformed into student accommodation or a travel hub, which could include a bus station, restaurants and retail units.

This option is now being considered and could see elements of the existing building retained in the restoration.

The study also shows that other options are being considered, including plans for a new train station and refreshments facility, including cafes and shops.

It has been estimated that the upkeep of the building in its current state is costing the council around £52,000 per month, which would add up to over £50 million over the next 30 years.

The building’s current owner, Eng Huat Ung was not willing to engage with the study, making the council’s plans trickier to move along with.

Councillor Peter Henderson, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “I welcome this study, as it gives us viable options as we consider the future of this privately owned building.

“It’s at such a prime location, a major gateway into Ayr and it can’t be left to crumble away. Unfortunately the lack of input from the current owner makes any progress a challenge, but I feel this study gives us the impetus to find a solution which will help transform the town”.

A public consultation carried out in August and September of last year was also included in the report, and found that the majority desired a new transportation hub.

However, concerns were raised about the cost and timescale on finding a resolution to the ongoing situation with the building. The full study can viewed on the South Ayrshire Council website.