TOWN CENTRE DEVELOPMENT
South Ayrshire Council
Jura Consultants first became involved with Maybole in 2015 as part of a multi-disciplinary consultancy team delivering a Scottish government-funded charrette exploring the development potential of the town. Concentrating on the tourism development potential, Jura Consultants held a workshop session with local business representatives, councillors and members of the local community as well as drop in surgeries throughout the four day consultation and development process.
Amidst proposals for a now confirmed new town bypass, the charrette process highlighted an opportunity to approach funders for investment into the historic fabric of the town centre, a designated Outstanding Conservation Area. Jura Consultants managed the process of developing two applications on behalf of Maybole Community Council which, in early 2019, resulted in an award of £1.67million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund through its Townscape Heritage programme and a further £1.3 million from Historic Environment Scotland through its Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).
Throughout the process, Jura Consultants hosted public information sharing events, established the priority and reserve projects for the bid, helped to develop a partnership approach between the Community Council and South Ayrshire Council to determine how the bids could best meet the outcomes of funders. Working with a multi-disciplinary team, including Architects and Quantity Surveyors, further development work is now taking place and the resulting investment will create a much improved, attractive, safe and sustainable town centre.
Jura Consultants are continuing to support the development phase of the project and manage the wider fundraising requirements of the £6million regeneration project. This involves co-ordinating the process of securing an external partnership funding target of £1.2 million from various sources including Scottish Government and a range of smaller Trusts and Foundations.