Exciting plans confirmed for latest stage of Quarry Road development
Posted on 31 Aug 2017
THE second phase of the Quarry Road sports and enterprise hub will incorporate a range of top-class sporting facilities.
North Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet are expected to agree to the proposals that will see indoor and outdoor 3G football pitches, cycle tracks and tennis courts developed at the town centre site.
These plans complement the first phase business element of the development which is due to be complete by the end of the year.
When finished new modern office accommodation for KA Leisure and a new Business Gateway service, including an Enterprise Hub for small business
development and growth, will be in place.
The Council are now moving ahead with the next stage and elected members will discover details when they meet at Cabinet on Tuesday.
Included in the plans are:
- full size 100m x 60m outdoor 3G pitch for football and rugby;
- mid-size indoor 3G pitch of 67m x 59m (7 a-side pitch with provision for 5 a sides)
- closed 1km cycling loop supporting a 'BMX pump' track
- Three outdoor hard surface tennis courts
The total cost of the proposals is approximately £4.82 million. While the majority of these funds already in place from sources including the Scottish Government and ERDF as well as the Council, some additional funding will also be sought from SportScotland and Tennis Scotland towards the proposals.
Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet Member for Economy, said: “The business element (phase one) is now nearing completion and the whole masterplan for the site is now coming together.
“The second phase proposals are extremely exciting. We want to provide people in North Ayrshire with as many opportunities to participate in sport as possible. By having theses pitches, tennis courts and cycle tracks, all within the same area, we are giving people that opportunity.
“The proposals were developed in consultation with over 20 local sports clubs and a number of community meetings. We expect people to get right behind these proposals and, even more so, when the development is complete. We also envisage developing a new brand for the facilities with the local community.
“Alongside the Portal, we will be able to offer a unique sporting village offer within the town centre, providing people with more reasons to visit and support the town centre, and improving health outcomes.
“It’s something new and different and will be massive asset for Irvine and North Ayrshire as a whole.”
The work at Quarry Road is being progressed in a phased way to allow the Council to take a measured approach and to ensure funding is in place as they move forward with plans.
If the phase two proposals are agreed on Tuesday, detailed design work will commence later this year with a site start in 2018.
Councillors will also learn on Tuesday that proposals for a new Health and Social Car Hub are being considered as a third phase of the development. Further work will be carried out to determine whether this is a viable option.