By Kris Scott
Today we spoke to Graham Hamilton, the asset manager of The Kyle Centre, and venue manager Fiona Paton. They let us take a look at the plans for the centre, which showed an entirely renovated Kyle Centre, in the form of a 21st century leisure and entertainment facility.
Featuring an eight screen cinema similar to that of Xscape Braehead, at which people can host parties and show a film of their choice; or even hold conferences (Ayr Comic Con has a nice ring to it! – Ed) This will be replacing what is currently the food court. To accommodate this, the building will have to extend the building both out and upwards; the escalators that are currently situated in the centre of the mall will be changed to stairs but the overall layout will, essentially, remain the same. Both Graham and Fiona are both determined and passionate about bringing back the feeling you got when you went to see a film at the cinema; they want to make it a truly enjoyable experience. The company they have partnered is not ODEON, but we are told that they will be bringing the most up to date theatre technology for a better cinematic experience. The auditoriums will hold 100-200 people and are available for private hire as previously mentioned for birthdays, conferences and other functions.
Many big name food franchises will also likely be making an appearance. Frankie and Benny’s being just one name to mention. The wing that leads onto Carrick Street (near Argos) will be closed off from the Kyle and converted into a retail plot with the only access being from the Carrick Street side.
Work should hopefully be beginning this time next year for a 2016 opening. However, the project won’t end after construction finishes, as the new proprietors also own Arran Mall, which will be worked on at a later date. We are told that the overall project will cost around £10 million; with this they also plan on creating jobs and attracting investors. This is all likely to boost the local economy and create an accessible entertainment and leisure facility available for Ayr and its neighbouring suburbs.
We agree that this project would be good for Ayr town and as The Kyle continue their talks with the council. We are told that they support the project and are aiding in getting this very exciting development underway in the near future.