Transformation Through Placemaking – New Development on King Street/St Marnock Street.
I wanted to reach out to everyone who took part in our stakeholder engagement events last year to give you some news and invite you to take part in an exciting placemaking project happening in the town centre.
In 2019 East Ayrshire Council purchased the parade of shops at the bottom of King Street and the corner of St Marnock Street (the old Mothercare site). Many of the shop units in this area were empty and derelict and the few remaining tenants were relocated. This has allowed the Council’s demolition contractor to begin work at the start of January. It is anticipated that the demolition and site clearance will last approximately 20 weeks with the site seeded and turfed by the Spring.
The Council have recruited the services of a landscape architect from ERZ Studios to produce some concept designs for the site. These concept designs will be informed by our discussions and ideas generated by those of you who attended our ‘Power of 10 – Transformation Through Placemaking’ event on 11 March last year
Celebrate Kilmarnock’s goal is to build a great town. Successful places need destinations that attract businesses, investment and most importantly people – successful towns are places where people want to be. They are places with identity, an image and activities that attract people to spend time with others.
Our aim is to ensure that local people are directly involved in owning, designing and shaping the future of our town. We hope you will agree that the transformation of this King Street site at the corner of St Marnock Street offers an exciting opportunity to vastly improve the appearance of a gateway entrance to our town centre and the chance to build a new civic space for folks to meet and participate in community events.
This is not going to be a quick fix, and the regeneration of our town we know will require very significant resources – but it has to start with us. We are at a critical juncture where radical action is required to re-make the town giving it a new purpose whilst developing a long-term town vision and community-owned road-map to build a resilient and healthy town fit for at least the next 50 years. It needs local people with tenacity, perseverance, and a willingness to be part of a movement for change to build a town we can all be proud of.
We would warmly welcome anyone who wants to get involved in developing this project to build something special in the town. If that is you then email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added onto our distribution list for future project updates, ideas exchange, and engagement activities.
Stay safe and well, and we hope to meet up with you all very soon.
Elaine Cowan, Board Member, Celebrate Kilmarnock.