Ayr, Scotland’s third-largest city, is making its station building a whole lot nicer.
The Scottish government has awarded the former Ayr Starmade Station Building Company with $15.7 million to improve the facility’s interior and exterior.
Construction will begin in the next few weeks.
More than 50 years ago, the building, which was built in the 1940s, was used as the Ayr City Hall.
The Ayr Station Building was originally constructed as a railway station in 1929.
It closed in 2010.
Now, the city will install an electric train and will add a dedicated car park.
“Ayr is a city of great heritage and great ambition,” said the city’s chief executive, Edinburgh-based councillor James Glynn.
“We are delighted to be helping to transform the Ays station building to a new era of investment and revitalisation.
This investment will help ensure the Ayrs iconic brand and distinctive building remains as iconic as ever.”
The Ays brand and iconic building are synonymous with Ayr and we want to honour this legacy and make sure this iconic building is as spectacular as it can be.
“This investment is also a significant milestone in the city’s plans for future investment in the area.”
The refurbishment project will involve new flooring, new lighting and a new roof.
It will also include new elevators and a roof garden.
The Ayds brand will be retained for the rest of the building’s life.
The project is expected to cost about £15 million, and will be paid for with £6 million in public funds.
Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2019.