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REVIEW OF PROJECTS

Left: General view of clock tower

We have also been pleased to work with Network Rail to renew the windows in the clock tower. This has certainly been to the benefit of the tenants using the refurbished offices below, who found that having water leaking from the tower did not increase their enjoyment of the new space. Following on from all this work, and as foreseen in our 2014/15 Report, we hope that we will be able, together with the SCRF, to fund a further stage, this

time for the conversion of the lower floor of the building into a full cycling workshop and additional office accommodation. Kilmarnock Station has moved, in a very short time, from being a large but abandoned station to one that is now a new hub in the town. Room 2 Sponsor: Kilmarnock Station Railway Heritage Trust, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire Architect: IDP Architects LLP, Glasgow Contractor: CPMS Ltd, Glasgow Tower Windows Sponsor: Network Rail Scotland Route, Glasgow Architect: IDP Architects LLP, Glasgow Contractor: CPMS Ltd, Glasgow

KILMARNOCK STATION: RESTORATION OF ROOMS In 2014/15 we reported on the restoration of eight of the nine platformlevel rooms at Kilmarnock Station. This project was completed, with a formal opening in August 2015, since when the resultant facilities have been successfully operating, and have brought muchneeded life to the station. An incidental heritage extra of this project is the use of British Railways’ Gill Sans-style enamel signs to give a consistency to the activities of the local organisation, Kilmarnock Station Railway Heritage Trust; highlighting the railway heritage connections, but in a way that fits in with current train operator ScotRail’s own branding. We also reported last year that we had not been able to conclude a project for the ninth room. However, despite considerable delays that arose from the change of train operator franchisee in Scotland, by financial year end we had worked out a scheme for this remaining room, and ScotRail had awarded a Stations Community Regeneration Fund (SCRF) grant which, along with the Trust’s funding, has allowed work to get under way. The room will form an initial cycle hub for the station, building on the business of an existing tenant in the new offices there, and should be in operation by the autumn of 2016.

NEW CUMNOCK STATION: GATES TO CAFÉ In our 2014/15 Report we explained how we had helped local community organisation Passage to Monthraw with the conversion of this station into a café, and how we hoped to see it opened shortly. At a late stage in the project Passage to Monthraw and train operator ScotRail

Above: Platform view of building Below: Newly installed gates

agreed that ScotRail would provide a new platform shelter. This allowed the open glazed area at the building’s south end, leading to the café entrance, to be secured out of use when the facility was closed, and this year we funded suitable gates to seal this space off as required. However, despite completion of works, with the help of a second Trust grant, the café has not yet opened, and it is clear that Passage to Monthraw has developed problems. ScotRail is in contact with the local community, and is trying to find a way to get the restored building back into use, as originally intended, but this is proving problematic. This is a disappointing state of affairs for a project that promised so much in its early days, and we hope that a resolution can be found that will permit the facility to open soon. Sponsor: Passage to Monthraw Ltd, New Cumnock, East Ayrshire Architect: add+, Dunfermline, Fife Contractor: John Gilmour & Co (Metal Workers) Ltd, Prestwick, Ayrshire

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