FoSH Public Meeting on Friday 11 October

Find out about recent developments in the campaign to save Seafield House

Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) is marking the approach to the first year of campaigning, together with SAVE Britain’s Heritage, to save Seafield House with a Public Meeting in Ayr on Friday 11 October.

The focus of activity over the past months has been the NHS Trust’s new marketing campaign to sell Seafield House. This new approach could see restoration of Seafield House by way of enabling development. FoSH & SAVE were present at the Developers Open Day last month that formed part of the launch of this new marketing campaign.

Members of the public are invited the meeting where FoSH Chair, Rob Close, and architectural adviser, Patrick Lorimer, will give an illustrated presentation & campaign update followed by an open discussion.  We look forward to seeing all those who can attend the meeting in Ayr and hearing your ideas and suggestions for the campaign and/or would like to renew membership or take out membership of FoSH.

FoSH Public Meeting
Friday 11 October 2013
12:30 – 13:30
The Old Racecourse Hotel, 2 Victoria Park, Ayr KA7 2TR

Download the flier with details of the meeting.

Tea and Coffee will be served at the meeting.

For those who are unable to attend we would still love to hear from you with your ideas via the website Contact page.

SAVE make Seafield House their Building of the Month


SAVE Britain’s Heritage is a campaigning and conservation group championing the cause of endangered historic buildings. SAVE have been firm supporters of Friends of Seafield House from the beginning, offering fantastic support and advice.  We are delighted that, on the back of Ryden’s marketing drive and Developers Open Day, SAVE have featured Seafield House on their website as Building of the Month.

SAVE President Marcus Binney says: “we welcome the NHS trust’s decision to put the house on the market with the focus on restoration by means of enabling development. It is vital that the price sought takes account of the work needed to repair the listed building. The NHS Trust that owns it does not insure it as it has a self-insuring policy. In this case no money at all has been spent on repairs. To achieve a good scheme with a sensitive and a not excessive amount of new build in the grounds, it is vital to acknowledge the need for a scheme which provides the necessary investment in the historic building. It is also vital that in any planning permission the developer is obliged to repair the building at the same time that the first quarter of the development takes place. There should be no prospect of the land being sold off separately for development while the house is left derelict and unrepaired.”

– SAVE Seafield House : Public Meeting : Saturday 1 December 2012 : Photocall at Seafield House 10:15 : Meeting at The Old Racecourse Hotel 11:00

SAVE Seafield House 

PUBLIC MEETING : Saturday 1 December 2012
Photocall at Seafield House 10:15
Meeting at The Old Racecourse Hotel 11:00

A5 Flyer FOSH Public Meeting, 1 December 2012

Come & show your support for the campaign to SAVE Seafield House!

10:15 Photocall at Seafield House

followed by

 Public Meeting 11:00 – 12:30

The Old Racecourse Hotel, 2 Victoria Park, Ayr KA7 2TR

Tea/coffee will be served

11:00 Presentation

Patrick Lorimer, architectural adviser to Friends of Seafield House & Rob Close, Chair, Friends of Seafield House will set out the campaign to support SAVE Britain’s Heritage & others in rescuing Seafield House  from the threat of demolition & proposals to secure its future.

11:15 – 12:30 Open Session

Seafield House is much loved by residents of the Seafield area, the people of Ayr & many nationally & internationally as the former home of Sir William Arrol.

Share your memories of Seafield House & discuss your ideas & suggestions for campaigning activities and support the campaign by SAVE Britain’s Heritage & others to SAVE Seafield House.