£4m Dean Castle’s Development Plans Unveiled

Some areas of the country park will now be closed off during the implementation of the Country Park development project. These areas will be closed from the week beginning 5th December until Summer 2017. There will be no public access to these areas at all during this time. Please note that there will be no public toilets or café facilities in the Country Park during this period.


The rest of the Country Park will remain open. However, there will be localised closures and restrictions throughout the works for upgrading of paths, bridges and landscaping. Notices will be erected throughout the site as and when these closures apply. Any path closures will be accompanied by diversion signage. It is critical that all advisory is signage is followed at all times.


The majority of works taking place before the festive period predominantly involve site clearance including improving access for construction traffic, tree felling and removal of old site furniture.


Works will not take place between 23rd December and the 9thJanuary. However, security will be in place and the site will be monitored throughout this period. Any emergencies or concerns should be reported to the contractor by phoning 0141 945 2233 or e-mailing enquiries@luddon.co.uk or East Ayrshire Council on 0845 7 24 00 00.


Funding totalling over £4m has been awarded from Heritage Lottery Fund’s “Parks for People” fund for the improvement works which will see the park restored to the landscape created by Lord Howard de Walden in the early 1900’s.


The development plans outlined in the funding bid include:


  • A new Centre for Rural Life, new adventure and ‘natural’ play area, fantastic new wetland area and an orchard.


  • The extension of the path network within the Country Park


  • The current Visitor Centre will be redeveloped into a Centre for Educational Excellence and a Visitor Orientation Hub.


  • The restoration of the Edwardian Landscape which makes up the setting for the Castle, Dower House and Laundry Houses.


A further funding bid for large scale repairs and improvements to the Dean Castle itself was also awarded by HLF’s Heritage Programme. This is in addition to £500,000 which has already granted from Historic Scotland’s Repair Grants Scheme, given to make the castle watertight and repair fallen masonry and funds from East Ayrshire Council.


Proposals and drawings can be viewed in full at the links on the right. For enquiries email info@eastayrshireleisure.com or telephone 01563 554743


Further information about restoration of Dean Castle here.


Source: East Ayrshire Leisure

Posted On

December 3, 2016


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