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: enquiry@edesignarchitecture.co.uk

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.

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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 info@friends-of-seafield-house.org.uk 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.

Recent coverage of Seafield House in online press

The Mail Online recently published an article showing photographs of the decaying interiors of Seafield House.  The images show the very sad state of the building with rotten ceilings and floors, with mould and damp and exposed brickwork.

images showing damp ceilings, mouldy fireplace boarded up window and damp wooden panelled walls

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4317448/Pictures-decaying-interior-abandoned-hospital.html

Unfortunately the article contains several inaccuracies and fails to mention Friends of Seafield House (FoSH), and the campaigning  FoSH has done  with SAVE Britiain’s Heritage to ensure that the house is not destroyed.  FoSH continue to push for progress on development of Seafield House and hope that action will be taken soon before what remains of the architectural detail decays beyond restoration.

FoSH would urge people not to attempt to enter the building.  Not only is the structure very unsafe, but the creation of entry points into the buildings will encourage others to go inside who could cause further damage, either accidentally or on purpose.

If you would like to do something to help Seafield House then support the work of FoSH and follow our news and events online.

Capturing the mood

A fabulous night was had by all at Waterstones Ayr as we gathered on World Book Day to listen to Beatrice Colin read from her novel To Capture What We Cannot Keep.

photogrraph of woman in a bookshop reading from a book with others sitting listening and drinking wine.

Beatrice Colin reads from her novel

Beatrice enthralled us with an excerpt from the air balloon excursion over Paris where Cait Wallace first meets Emile Nouguier.  To set the mood we were treated to french fizz, a delicious sparkling Blanc de Blanc, supplied by Corney & Barrow, Ayr. In recognition of the Seafield connection Beatrice also read an excerpt where Cait had returned to Glasgow and was meeting with William Arrol.

“The city lay beneath a fug of smog and smur.  At William Arrol’s ironworks in Dalmarnock, the yard was full of steel girders on their way to the Queensferry workshop for the new Forth Bridge.  Arrol’s office was on the first floor above the erecting shop.  In his letter he’d asked if she could drop by sometime the following day to see him about a personal matter. Cait’s timing was unfortunate, his secretary told her.  Arrol had just been given the news that a twenty-year-old rigger had died in a fall from the Forth Bridge construction site.”

Afterwards Beatrice gave us an insight into her research for the novel and how she so perfectly managed to capture the atmosphere and spirit of the period.  The attitudes, clothes, city sites and engineering work are so well described that you are transported to  late nineteenth century Paris and Glasgow at the time of the Eiffel Tower and Forth Bridge constructions. But all too soon the evening came to an end and Beatrice followed in Arrol’s footsteps, catching the train from Ayr back to Glasgow, albeit without steam engine or horse-drawn carriage to meet her at the other end.

Meet the author of Arrol/Eiffel inspired novel in Ayr

poster with an image of the book and details of th event.If our blog post about the launch of Beatrice Colin’s latest book, “To Capture What You Cannot Keep”, has whetted your appetite, then come along to join us for a drink and hear more about it at Waterstones Ayr on the 2 March at 7pm.

Beatrice will be there to discuss and read excerpts from her novel, and if the Glasgow launch is anything to go by, it will be a very enjoyable evening. Afterwards Beatrice will be happy to sign copies of her book.

The novel is beautifully written and and builds a very evocative atmosphere of Paris in the late 1880s. It is based around the construction of the Eiffel Tower, and as it grows, so does the romance between Caitriona Wallace and Emile Nougier. Cait and the Arrol niece and nephew are fictional creations, but many of the characters are based on historical figures and have been well researched, including William Arrol. Although he isn’t one of the central characters, he has a strong presence throughout the novel and has been sympathetically portrayed. In the story, during an encounter with William Arrol, a reference is made to the house he was building in Ayr “with a vast conservatory and a view of the Firth of Clyde”, what was to become Seafield House.

Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) have organised the evening in association with Waterstones Ayr who are putting on the event to celebrate World Book Day and the launch of the novel, with its Ayr connections. Drinks will be served in store from 6.30pm and members of the FoSH committee will be there to answer any questions about Seafield House and Sir William Arrol.

Tickets are free and available now from Waterstones in Ayr or by phoning 01292 262600.  Further details are on the Waterstones Ayr website and Facebook page.