Sitting on a prominent site at the top of John Finnie Street in the heart of Kilmarnock’s historic business quarter, it’s the latest of over 20 heritage buildings in the area to undergo extensive restoration, bringing new life and business to the town: 30-38 John Finnie Street was formally a series of residential and commercial units prior to its conversion.
The building provides a new concept in office space for start-up and expanding businesses, thanks to a joint funding package by the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Scheme, the Kilmarnock Townscape Heritage Initiative funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and East Ayrshire Council through the Kilmarnock Town Centre Regeneration project. Conceived and run by East Ayrshire Council’s Economic Development Team, it offers serviced accommodation, meeting rooms, breakout spaces, and training facilities with a reception facility during core office hours. An all-inclusive rental cost including heating, lighting and superfast broadband allows businesses to budget for occupancy costs in the early stages of their business growth.
Business Gateway’s office on the ground floor also offers onsite support.
CCG was tasked to retain as much of the building’s original features as possible which meant that the external fabric was repaired and upgraded as well as many of the original interior decorative features of the previous building were also retained however much of the interior due to the building’s age was demolished to make way for a more modern, functional and better performing [environmentally] interior.
All works were completed by CCG Specialist Building Services within a 1.5-year programme.
East Ayrshire Council