Sir William Arrol’s former home, Seafield House in Ayr has been sold, securing the future of this landmark building which was built to Arrol’s own specifications. The house had lain empty for several years and, following a fire in 2008 which destroyed much of the interiors, it suffered terrible neglect at the hands of it’s owners, NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Threatened with demolition, a campaign was started to save the House. Friends of Seafield House was established in September 2012 and since then have been raising the profile of the campaign with local residents, South Ayrshire Council, architectural conservation groups, MSPs and other interested bodies.
The House had been put up for sale by NHS Ayrshire and Arran in September 2013 as a development opportunity. Following lengthy negotiations, the sale was concluded on 10 October 2014 with Seafield House and grounds being sold to econstruct design and build, an Ayr-based developer founded by Robin Ghosh, whose father had been a consultant at Seafield during it’s time as a Children’s Hospital. Econstruct plan to restore Seafield House as residential apartments and build a small number of new-build houses in the grounds.
Find out more about Seafield House and the campaign to save it on the Friends of Seafield House website.