Putting the heart back into the community

3rd May 2022
The charity shop in its hey day when it was fully functional and a key part of daily life

A £420,000 project to breathe new life into a disused charity shop – that is regarded as the heart of a town’s community – is to be masterminded by Procast.

The outlet in Maybole, Ayrshire, had to close in 2020 due to flood damage from the residential property above.

Since then, the town’s community groups have been unable to use the shop that allowed them to generate vital income and local people have missed out on the bargains that were available there.

Procast will fully restore and refurbish the property on Maybole’s High Street for South Ayrshire Council in conjunction with the local authority’s design consultants TCS.

The 24-week programme of works will start in May, 2022, at the same time as the Maybole Town Hall refurbishment – also being carried out by Procast.

Both projects form part of the wider Maybole regeneration plan, which is a partnership between the conservation area’s Community Council and South Ayrshire Council.

Externally, the work will involve:

  • Stone repairs
  • New rendering
  • Chimney improvements
  • Lead flashing replacement
  • Rooflight replacement
  • External doors, windows, shop front and shutters
  • Replacement of all existing roof coverings and installation of new slate roof and sarking boards
  • Rainwater system installations
  • Soft landscape works
  • Signage
  • Repairs to clockface, hands and surrounds

Internal refurbishment works include:

  • Full new electrical design and installation, including, LED lighting, emergency lighting, fire alarms, heating and ventilation
  • New bathroom facilities
  • Partitions
  • Door sets
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Replacement of all floor and ceiling finishes
  • Installation of new reception desk
  • Full redecoration

The position of the building will present a major challenge due to the proximity of the A71 trunk road, limited access and lay-down provisions and a congested high street location with several adjacent retail premises.

Procast will adopt procedures and work practices to ensure these businesses suffer minimal disruption.

A spokesman said: “We are thoroughly delighted to have been awarded this exciting project by South Ayrshire Council and we look forward to working alongside the client’s construction consultant TCS.

“The charity shop operated at the heart of the community for over 20 years, and we will be delighted to fully restore and refurbish this fantastic property to get it back into use.”

How the charity shop looks after flood damage forced it to close its doors

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