A GROUND-BREAKING new building which will set new standards for energy efficiency in South Ayrshire is taking shape in Girvan.

The new building will become the base for South Ayrshire Council's grounds maintenance, waste management and golf course staff in the area.

Located at the authority's Bridge Street depot, it will replace the existing temporary staff accommodation in the nearby council yard, providing much-needed new office space and welfare facilities for employees.  

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The project has been led by the council's sustainable design officer Paul Cassidy and overseen by its clerk of works Paul Cuthbert.


Innovated Design Solutions provided mechanical and electrical design, and FLN Consulting Engineers are responsible for civil and structural design.

The project incorporates 'passive' design techniques and thus is is expected to maintain optimum energy efficiency during all seasons.    

The building design, including its integrated systems, is expected to save eight tonnes of CO2 each year, which is the equivalent of planting 1,572 trees. 

South Ayrshire Council’s portfolio holder for buildings, housing and the environment, Councillor Martin Kilbride said: “This is an impressive and innovative piece of work by our in-house professional design services team.

"We’re raising the bar with this project, and it’s anticipated that the building will set a new standard in energy performance and internal environment quality.   

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“What makes the build even more impressive, is that most of the materials used in the construction are off-the-shelf.   

“Our neighbourhood services team are out and about in all weathers, some dealing with all kinds of waste materials, so it’s important that they have proper facilities that allow them to carry out their roles and maintain their personal health, safety and well-being.

"These teams have been based in temporary accommodation for some years now, so I’m sure they’ll be looking forward to getting into their new space later this year.” 

The project is expected to be complete in the final quarter of this year.