Digital Marketing Apprentice, Catriona Cook Updates us on Progress of Ayr Campus.
As part of my apprenticeship, working with the Ayrshire College Foundation, I am writing a blog to keep you updated on the progress of work being done on Ayr and Kilwinning Campuses of Ayrshire College. The work will see a total revamp of the top floor of the Dam Park building in Ayr and the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), Student Association and Partnership Centre in Kilwinning.
I had the opportunity to visit the Ayr Campus where the work is being carried out to upgrade the hospitality facilities. I met with Janice Steel, Capital Projects Manager of Ayrshire College, for a tour of the site.
The first thing I had to do when I arrived was get kitted out in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Janice gave me boots, a high-vis vest and a hard hat to keep me safe on the building site. I got a health and safety site induction and then was good to go.
Digital Marketing Apprentice, Catriona, in her PPE.
We headed upstairs and signed onto the site, it already looks so different! So far they have split all of the old areas out into the new layout, making the hospitality training and production kitchens much bigger. They have removed all of the old kitchens and ventilation systems in preparation for the new ones being installed. The new changing area for staff and students has been built, new windows have been fitted, the glazed wall which will be the entrance to the restaurant has been formed and the first fix of electric and plumbing systems have been fitted.
The newly formed glazed wall.
The construction site was really buzzing with activity. While we were up there Craig McCaan, who is the site manager from Worksmart gave Janice a quick update on how things were going that morning. There are a few different contractors working on the project. Worksmart are doing the fit out, GHI Ltd are doing the commercial and training kitchens, Redpath Construction are installing the toilets and changing areas and CMS Ltd are replacing the windows and curtain walling.
Janice Steel, Ayrshire College Capital Projects Manager with Craig McCann, Site Manager, Worksmart.
As we leave the site, Janice tells me that they are on target to complete the work in time for the lecturers and students returning after their summer break. She said, “I am really pleased with the work being done, everyone is working together and even doing extra weekend work to keep everything on target. This is going to be an amazing learning space for our hospitality students and it’s great to see it coming together.”
Janice Steel, on site in Ayr
I’m really looking forward to going back next week, I hope to interview an Ayrshire College apprentice who is working with Worksmart and I will also update you on the progress at Kilwinning. It’s a really exciting project and I’m lucky to be involved.