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Kilbirnie Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)

Running from 1 April 2013 until 31 March 2018, the Kilbirnie CARS aims to improve the historic character of buildings within Kilbirnie Conservation Area and encourage additional investment in the town centre by:

  • repairing and promoting the occupation of historic buildings
  • preserving and enhancing the character of Kilbirnie
  • reinstating historic architectural details
  • improving knowledge about the historic environment and the maintenance of historic buildings

Priority Projects

Funding has been secured to repair the exteriors of the Walker Hall and the John Knox Institute. Works include:

  • stonework repairs
  • window and door replacement
  • parapet improvements
  • roof repairs

Small grants scheme

The Kilbirnie CARS small grants scheme provides funding to private property owners or tenants to restore and reinstate traditional external features to buildings within the Kilbirnie conservation area.

Am I eligible?

The scheme focuses on small to medium scale projects with any property within the Kilbirnie CARS area (PDF, 226kb) eligible for funding.

How to apply

Email a note of interest to regeneration@north-ayrshire.gov.uk. Please include your contact details, address of the property and an outline of proposed works.

We will provide details about available grants and deadlines for applications. Further information can be found in the Kilbirnie CARS leaflet (PDF, 3.1mb) .

What happens next?

We will contact you to arrange a meeting with the Conservation Architect who will:

  • discuss your proposals
  • advise which works are grant eligible
  • submit a formal application on your behalf at no upfront cost.

Submitted applications will be assessed. If successful, a Grant Offer and Contract will be sent to you. Depending on demand and priority a grant between 80% - 95% of the total cost of works may be offered.

Next steps

You will agree a start date. Where appropriate, the project will be managed on your behalf. The completed works will be inspected to release funding.

Based on the funding offered, you will pay your proportion of the invoice to the contractor. The Project Officer will pay the remaining costs directly to the contractor.

Education and training

If you are a local building contractor, or other professional working in the construction industry, and have a training need specific to traditional construction methods and techniques, please contact us to discuss.


Contact us for any queries or advice relating to the conservation area regeneration scheme:

Email: regeneration@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01294 324919

Kilbirnie CARS Project Officer
Cunninghame House
KA12 8EE