Designers have issued an update on plans to create a new community café, pop-up shop, flexible craft rooms, craft store and office space in New Cumnock.

Glasgow-based INCH Architecture says its design team has been working with the New Cumnock Development Trust (NCDT) as part of the transformation of the former Trotters building on Castle.

The Trust has already secured funding from a variety of sources to give the derelict building a new lease of life.

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The Scottish Government gave £1.8 million to plans to set up the New Cumnock Re-Use Hub in the building in January, towards a total project cost of upwards £2.5m.

The first stage of the transformation began in April 2022 with the removal and replacement of external boarding on the building.

Transformation plans were approved in October 2023, and it's expected that the whole process will take until around the middle of 2025 to complete.

Cumnock Chronicle: Plans for the building.Plans for the building. (Image: East Ayrshire Council)

Designers say the building was at risk of demolition, but that it will once again become a focus for the town of New Cumnock.

An INCH spokesperson said: "We are delighted to share we have gained planning consent for the c.£2.5m remodelling and retrofit of the Historic Trotters Building in New Cumnock.

"The design team have been working with New Cumnock Development Trust to save and design the next chapter for the currently derelict Trotters Building, historically used for retail on the ground floor with residential units above, occupying a key position in the New Cumnock streetscape.

"The building was at risk of demolition, losing a key cultural landmark as well as the embodied carbon in the structure.

"The main building is understood to have previously accommodated a barber's shop, cobbler and the Trotters Shop (formerly a drapers) at ground floor level with residential above."

Cumnock Chronicle: The empty New Cumnock building.The empty New Cumnock building. (Image: NQ Archive)

They added: "The extension is understood to have been a later addition functioning as a showroom.

"The project, a re-interpretation of the community shop which previously occupied the building, includes a ‘remakery’ for the repair, re-use and re-purposing of textiles, furniture, electronics, household items, co-working/community space containing hot desk and community meeting spaces, community café/coffee stop and space for sale of local and other produce."