Ayr will soon be filled with 160 new homes, as part of South Ayrshire Council's biggest housing project in recent years.

The 160 new affordable homes are to be built on the site of the former Mainholm Academy in Ayr.

Starting this September, a mix of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6-bedroom properties will be built.

The new homes which will be available to rent, will be energy efficient, and some will be modified to ensure they have full wheelchair access.

Mainholm housing at site of the former academyThe new view

The announcement follows the transfer of the land to the Council’s Housing Revenue Account, paving the way for the new development.

The Council will work alongside hub South West Scotland Ltd to deliver the new housing, which will be constructed by Ashleigh (Scotland) Limited.

A sod cutting ceremony took place recently to mark the start of works.

Councillor Martin Kilbride, Buildings, Housing and Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “This new development will significantly boost the number of quality affordable homes we have in South Ayrshire. This is not just about bricks and mortar; it’s about building communities and housing which meets the needs of our tenants.”

The development will be carried out in a number of phases with the project due for completion in 2025.

Mainholm housing at site of the former academyMainholm Housing - Aerial Plan

“This event marks a significant milestone in the development and delivery of this exciting new housing development for Ayr," said Michael Ross, Chief Executive at hub South West Scotland.

"We enjoy a close and productive working relationship with South Ayrshire Council for whom we have delivered 14 crucial infrastructure projects across the authority to date across education, leisure and housing developments.  

“This relationship is something we are committed to continuing, not only with the council but with the wider community who will benefit from this development. We look forward to starting work on this affordable housing project with the support of our delivery partner, Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd and the local supply chain partners.”