About Ayr Renaissance

Ayr is a town which has much going for it, the beach, historic fabric, healthy proportion of independent shops and vibrant arts scene to name just a few. The foundation for a healthy and vibrant town centre exists and Ayr Renaissance will implement projects and strategies along with town stakeholders to achieve this goal.

Ayr, like all towns in Scotland, has faced significant and continuing challenges resulting from the shifting economic and retail environment.

The result of this is a town centre which suffers from increased vacancy rates and a lack of private investment.

Ayr Renaissance LLP was formed by South Ayrshire Council in 2009 tasked with securing regeneration in the social, physical and economic environment of Ayr Town Centre.  Please see the projects section of this website for further information on current work being undertaken.


Ayr Renaissance Board



James Knox

Director of Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation

Board Member

Douglas Campbell

Leader South Ayrshire Council, Councillor for Ayr North

Board Member

Philip Saxton

Councillor for Troon

Board Member

Siobhian Brown

Councillor Ayr West

Board Member

Eileen Howat

Chief Executive, South Ayrshire Council

Board Member

Peter Gordon

Director and Former Chairman,
William Grant & Sons

Board Member

Jeremy Wyatt

Chief Executive, Ayr Gaiety Partnership

Board Member

David Smith

Managing Director,
Ashleigh Scotland Ltd.


Assistant Project Officer

Helen Skimming

Project Executive

Patrick Dunne

Managing Director

David Bell