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Ailsa Craig Lighthouse

Scottish Lighthouse Centre – design by John McAslan + Partners

Ailsa Craig Lighthouse

Scottish Architecture
image – Jul 2005

Ailsa Craig Lighthouse Centre, Girvan, Scotland

John McAslan + Partners has recently been appointed by Girvan Community Developments following an open design competition, to undertake the design of the Ailsa Craig Lighthouse Centre – a new community building located on the seafront at Girvan on the west coast of Scotland.

The Ailsa Craig Lighthouse Centre will be a hub for local regeneration providing an RSPB interpretation centre, sports facilities, theatre space, exhibition areas, a cafe and children’s crèche. Enjoying spectacular views over the Ailsa Craig, an island and RSPB nature reserve in the Clyde Estuary and beyond to Arran and Northern Ireland the building will form a focal point for the local community, a tourism gateway to the surrounding area.

The competition winning design focuses on the buildings relationship to the surrounding landscape – a proposal that could unify both natural and manmade elements – namely Ailsa Craig, the Carrick Hills and the town of Girvan. The new building, located adjacent to the town’s harbour, will utilise and harness the open aspect of the site to provide an environmentally intelligent response to the site and a landmark building visible along the coastline.

Ailsa Craig Lighthouse Scotland – Building Information

Client: Girvan Community Developments

John McAslan + Partners, Architect;
JMP: Landscape Architects
Arup, Multidisciplinary Engineer
Davis Langdon, Cost Consultant

Area: 2,800 sqm
Value: £6m – €9.5m
Programme: 2005-07

Ailsa Craig Lighthouse images / information John McAslan

Ailsa Craig Lighthouse Centre design : John McAslan

Also by John McAslan + Partners: Tradeston / Broomielaw

Location: Foreland Point, Firth of Clyde, west of Scotland, UK

Ailsa Craig Lighthouse – Description

White 11m high tower lies completed in 1886 by engineers Thomas and David Stevenson. Until 1911 the light was produced by burning paraffin. It was automated in 1990. The light has a range of 27 km. Solar panels were added in 2001 to provide power for the light.

Glasgow Transport Museum
Museum of Transport Glasgow
photograph : Alan McAteer

Science Centre Glasgow
Science Centre Glasgow
photo : Keith Hunter

SECC Glasgow
SECC Glasgow
photo : Richard Davies

CCA Glasgow
CCA Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch

Crown Street – housing
Crown Street Buildings
picture from architect

John McAslan + Partners – Kelvin Bridge

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