FoSH 5th AGM



Fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM)
of the
Friends of Seafield House (FoSH)
will be held on
Monday 14 May 2018
at the
Ellisland House Hotel
19 Racecourse Rd, Ayr KA7 2TD

All Members – FoSH Friends – are invited to attend

Following the AGM, a presentation will be made on econstruct design & build’s planning application for the restoration of Seafield House

1. Welcome and opening remarks from Patrick Lorimer, FoSH Chair
2. Ordinary business
2.1 To receive a Report from the Management Committee on the last year’s activities
2.2 To receive and approve an examined Report on the Statement of Accounts and Balance Sheet for the year to 31st March 2018 together with the Examiner’s report
2.3 To receive and agree the Base Budget for the ensuing year
2.4 To appoint an independent Examiner to examine the accounts for the ensuing year
3.0 Elections
3.1 To conduct the election of the Management Committee (“one third of the Management Committee shall retire annually and shall be eligible for re-election” – FoSH Founding Deed)
4.0 Founding Deed
4.1 To consider any Amendment(s) to the Founding Deed (Amendments to the Founding Deed may be proposed at the AGM)

Dated: 19 April 2018
By order of the FoSH Management Committee


Marking the Passing of FoSH Patron, Sir William McAlpine (1936 – 2018)

FoSH wishes to mark the passing of and pay tribute to our Patron, Sir William McAlpine who passed away on 4 March, aged 82. Our Chair, Patrick Lorimer, has written to his widow, Lady Judith McAlpine, to convey our condolences.

The invitation to become our Patron – together with Andrew Arrol – was made on the invitation of Marcus Binney, President of SAVE Britain’s Heritage. Sir William McAlpine’s passion for construction and engineering was legendary. Described as “humorous, self-deprecating and diplomatic with a shrewd business brain”, he imbued qualities that were also found in Sir William Arrol, whose vision and drive was central to the construction of engineering icons including the Forth Bridge and Tower Bridge.

FoSH is immensely grateful to Sir William McAlpine for supporting our campaign to SAVE Seafield House, Sir William Arrol’s former home in Ayr. We hope soon to be able to post the good news that Seafield House’s owners, econstruct design & build, has submitted its planning application to restore and convert the house into apartments and build homes in the grounds.

The link below is to Sir William’s obituary in The Telegraph, one of many written to mark the passing of an engineering and construction legend:

Tribute to Dr John McClure MBE

Friends of Seafield House Committee Member, Dr John McClure MBE, passed away peacefully at home on 30 January 2018, aged 74. John was diagnosed five years ago with bowel cancer. His courage and dignity shone, as did his warmth, humour and style; John’s signature bow ties a hallmark.

John served as a Registrar in Pediatrics at Seafield Children’s Hospital from 1970 to 1971, and as a Consultant from 1975 until its closure. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last year for services to pediatric healthcare.

John was Chairman of the Scottish Cot Death Trust (SCDT), a position he held since 2002, having joined the Trust in 1991. For the first time, the International Conference on SIDS, Stillbirth and Baby Survival will be held this year in Glasgow. SCDT is hosting the conference in June on behalf of the International Society for the Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID) and the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA). That this prestigious event is coming to Glasgow is further testament to John’s trailblazing work over many years.

John was one of the leaders of the “Save Seafield” Campaign in 1978. In joining the campaign to SAVE Seafield House by Friends of Seafield House, with SAVE Britain’s Heritage and others, John showed his generosity of spirit in taking on another campaign: one close to his heart. Although John was unable to attend regular Committee meetings, he was active in supporting the campaign by telephone and email. Friends of Seafield House will continue its campaign with renewed drive in honour of John’s memory.

John’s funeral service was held this morning at Ayr St Columba Church. Over 600 people attended to pay their respects. The service was led by Rev Fraser Aitken. A collection was made for the Scottish Cot Death Trust. FoSH Chair & Secretary attended to represent FoSH, make our donation on behalf of Committee Members and give our tribute to the family.

15 February 2018

Responses to Public Exhibition on Seafield House Development : Extended Deadline for Receipt of Written Responses

Given the extended deadline that the developer econstruct has given for receipt of written responses to the public exhibition held at Ayr Town Hall on Thursday 5 October 2017, FoSH has decided to delay making public its position until all responses have been received. The developer has set a deadline of two weeks from the date of the public exhibition. For further information on the proposal and for a copy of the questionnaire on which to make comments, please email:

With the plans having made public on 5 October, FoSH can now publish the replies given by the developer to questions posed at our 4th AGM, the Minutes of which can be found on our website on the Committee Meetings and AGMs page. Questions and answers are given below:

Q1. Is there a joint venture partnership in place or has econstruct sold the site?
A1. Yes: with CALA. No: econstruct continues to own the site.

Q2. Will the development go to planning as one application or will two separate planning applications for apartments and new builds be made?
A2. One application will be made.

Q3. How many houses will be built in the grounds?
A3. 27 houses are planned for the grounds.

Q4. How many storeys will each house have?
A4. 2-storey houses are planned.

Q5. How will the title deeds for the apartments and houses be drafted to define the status of the stone perimeter wall?
A5. There will be shared title. The wall will be maintained by the development factor.

Q6. Can the SH site accommodate the new-build Malcolm Sargent House?
A6. No.

Public Exhibition: Seafield House Conversion into Apartments & Residential Development in the Grounds

Public Exhibition

Planning Application & Listed Building Consent for Seafield House
Conversion into Apartments & Residential Development in the Grounds

Thursday 5 October 2017 : 11am – 7pm

Ayr Town Hall

This is the first opportunity to see the proposals for Seafield House and grounds. Please see the advert in the 29 September 2017 issue of the Ayrshire Post for further details (page 58).

Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) Committee Members will attend to discuss the proposal that has been submitted by Edesign Architecture and Planning on behalf of the owners and give our view & comments.

On Friday 6 October 2017, we will post our view & comments on the proposal.

Contact FoSH at for further information.

FoSH New Membership Year 2017-2018

The new membership year started with our AGM on 15 May 2017 and it is time for membership renewals or for those who would like to become FoSH members to become a Friend of Seafield House. Corporate memberships are also welcome. Details are to be found in the Membership section of our website.

FoSH continue to monitor the building and will continue to update the local Seafield community by leaflet and personal contact and maintain our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed over the time that it takes for planning permission and consents for the restoration of Seafield House as residential apartments and the building of the small number of houses in the grounds as the enabling development.

We would welcome your support in this hopeful year for Seafield House. Please become a Friend or renew your membership by completing the form in the Membership section of our website.

4th FoSH AGM : Monday 15 May 2017, 6.30pm : Ellisland House Hotel, Ayr

The 4th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) will be held on Monday 15 May 2017 at 6.30pm at the Ellisland House Hotel, 19 Racecourse Rd, Ayr KA7 2TD

Download a pdf of the Notice and Agenda here.

Following the business of the AGM, we will have a presentation on econstruct design and build’s plans for the restoration of Seafield House, which are now at pre-planning application stage.

We look forward to welcoming all those who can attend.