TGP was appointed by South Ayrshire Council on Accessible Ayr, an extensive town centre masterplanning project funded by the Sustrans Places for Everyone program, centred on improving sustainable travel access into the historic core of the town, reducing reliance on private car use and fostering links to the beach, river and North Ayr.
The project vision aimed to have an immediate impact upon the environment, the locale and, in addition, improve the position and viability of the town centre in a wider sense. It seeks to ensure that moving through the town centre is safe, easy to navigate and pleasant for all users. TGP and Civic Engineers were appointed by South Ayrshire Council to investigate ways that the public realm and accessibility in Ayr Town Centre might be improved. This work formed part of a bid for funding from the Sustrans Community Links Plus fund, which was submitted on 26th April 2019.
Improvements which were identified included enhancing footways, reducing street clutter, improved signage, responding to safety concerns expressed by users and also restricting waste pickup and deliveries to times which will minimise the impact on town centre users. This would enhance links from the town centre to key destinations and make the wider cycling and walking networks more attractive.
The overall project design aim was to improve movement through Ayr Town Centre, particularly for those choosing to walk or cycle, with extensive design improvements to the public realm layout and quality, increasing the attractiveness of the town as a destination for residents, visitors and inward investment.