Ailsa Craig Scottish Lighthouse, Firth of Clyde

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Ailsa Craig Lighthouse

Scottish Lighthouse Centre design by John McAslan + Partners, Architects, UK

post updated 26 January 2024 ; 18 July 2023

Building proposed image from Jul 2005:
Ailsa Craig Scottish Lighthouse
image courtesy of architects practice

Design: John McAslan + Partners Architects, London

Ailsa Craig Lighthouse Centre, Girvan, Scotland

Ailsa Craig Lighthouse Centre, Firth of Clyde

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 this 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.

Ailsa Craig Scottish Lighthouse, Firth of Clyde
photo by Mary and Angus Hogg, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The competition winning design focuses on the buildings relationship to the surrounding landscape – a proposal that could unify both natural and manmade elements – namely the island itself, 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 + Partners Architects, London, England

The building design is by John McAslan & Partners, based in London, UK.

Also by architects 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.

Location: Firth of Clyde, Strathclyde, southwest Scotland, United Kingdom.

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