Kilmarnock Campus of Ayrshire College

(Kilmarnock College)

The Kilmarnock Campus is located on Hill Street, just to the north of Kilmarnock Railway Station. It is one of three campuses of Ayrshire College, founded in 2013 as a merger of the former Kilmarnock College (founded 1966) with Ayr College and the Kilwinning campus of the former James Watt College.

Kilmarnock Campus occupies a 350-room purpose-built modernist structure that was opened in 2016, replacing its rather dated former home on Holehouse Road which was demolished and the site re-used for housing. The new building cost £53 million and involved the redevelopment of part of the former Diageo / Johnnie Walker bottling plant, itself built on the site of the old Bonnyton Colliery. The site was gifted to the College by Diageo. It was built with private-sector finance through the non-profit distributing model of public service provision. The four-storey building extends to 17,000 sq. m (183,000 sq feet) and is organised around a central hub of informal social spaces. There are a mix of tradition and informal teaching spaces, staff and IT areas, music and drama facilities, and specialist technical workshops and commercial-style training environments, including a restaurant, and hair and beauty salon. There are gym and sports facilities, including a sports hall and full-sized astroturf soccer pitch. There is also a Learning Resource Centre and student refectory. The architects were Glasgow-based Keppie Design and building contractor McLaughlin & Harvey.

Ayrshire College has 13,284 students and 953 staff (2018). Most students live in Ayrshire and over half attend the college on a part-time basis.

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