Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) welcomes the sale of Seafield House and grounds to econstruct design and build, an Ayr-based developer founded by Robin Ghosh. Seafield House is SAVED! The sale was concluded yesterday, Friday 10 October 2014.  Econstruct plan to restore Seafield House as residential apartments and build a small number of new-build houses in the grounds.

We extend our warmest thanks to all those who supported our campaign to SAVE Sir William Arrol’s former home in Ayr. We thank those who became Friends, attended public meetings, visited our exhibitions & posted messages of support on our website/Facebook page & Twitter feed. We thank in particular Marcus Binney, President of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, and his colleagues, who have been the head, heart and soul of our campaign from day one.

A new chapter is opening for Seafield House. We wish Robin Ghosh and his colleagues all success and will support them as they follow through the planning and consents process.

Again, we extend our warmest thanks to all those who supported our campaign to SAVE Seafield House, Sir William Arrol’s former home in Ayr.


  1. NicE to know it has been saved.both my wife and I were born there1941/42.during the last world war,although we now live further of Ayrshire

  2. I started my nurse training there in 1970. I started a petition to try to keep the hospital open when the new hospital was opened. I also tried very hard to keep the children’s ward at the Ayr Hospital open, the people in South Ayrshire did not want to have it moved to Crosshouse. Unfortunately the political side won and it was moved and I for one thought it was the worst move ever taken by Ayrshire and Arran Health Board. I wish the developer all the best please take care of our old “Seafield House”

    • Thanks very much for your wishes. The house and hospital has been fortunate to have had such good advocates and supporters over the years.

  3. I realise its much longer history, but I do hope its use as a hospital for sick children is suitably commemorated. I spent a month with appendicitis in the late 70s there, and I still remember the rocking-horse in the main foyer and those stairs up to the ENT. The grounds were a pleasure to walk around. Does anyone remember it in the late 70s, early 80s?

    • I know there will be a lot of people who agree with you. Friends of Seafield House have been sent other stories, just like yours, from people who were treated at Seafield Hospital and have many fond memories of it. Some of these can be found on our Memories page, and we would love it if people added more of their stories there. We are really pleased that the developer who has bought Seafield is from Ayr, and having connections with the hospital, will be sympathetic to the sentiments of local people. Friends of Seafield House will continue to provide support to this aim.

    • The interface betwixt the Public and Private realm should always be looked after and seldom is.
      The advent of the Cult of Self dictates that.
      The narrative of this House starts with the Domestic life of Sir William Arrol. An expression of might and delight in Ayrshire. In Architecture and materiality terms its brilliant. This fades with his Ill health in later life into that of care and well being. In its bequest presumably “in perpetuity” to the realms of hospital and place of well being, it developed an equally poignant narrative.
      This does suggest that some public access should always be facilitated and more than a nod to both parts of the narrative be given. Those walls resonate with many stories of recovery.
      Perhaps some of the proposed accommodation should be attenuated to the bequest ?
      Whatever unfolds, the greatness of all of Sir William Arrol’s legacy should be accessible, as the legacy is only now unfolding. For instance emerging World Heritage site status for Sir Williams Forth Rail Bridge is coming. With that whistle blowing around the rails of the world, It wont be long before many people will be desiring, planning, requesting and hopefully, making a visit.
      If they cannot they will be climbing the walls for a peek at Seafield House.
      There in lies the challenge for the developer

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