Basic Site Details

Name: Ayr Pavilion, Low Green
Town, district or village: Ayr
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Situated at the north-west corner of Low Green Ayr. The initial proposals were for a pavilion and public baths but the Council subsequently decided to proceed with the pavilion only. Plans passed by Dean of Guild Court in 1910 were for a hall, fitted with galleries, seating 1,200 and promenade accommodation for 1300 more with refreshment and retiring rooms.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Pavilion  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2EsplanadeYes 
Item 2 of 2Low GreenYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 5April 1904  Council decision to proceed with competition for pavilion only.
Item 2 of 5July 1904 Competition announced 
Item 3 of 51906  Competition design
Item 4 of 519101911Build/constructionBuilt to a reduced scheme
Item 5 of 51910 Plans approvedPlans passed by Dean of Guild Court


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 13Herbert Austen HallArchitectF  Unsuccessful entry, described as “One of the best designs in the recent competition”
Item 2 of 13Septimus WarwickArchitectF  Unsuccessful entry, described as “One of the best designs in the recent competition”
Item 3 of 13Warwick & HallArchitectural practiceF  Unsuccessful entry, described as “One of the best designs in the recent competition”
Item 4 of 13James CarrickArchitectA19041911As assistant to James Kennedy Hunter
Item 5 of 13James Kennedy HunterArchitectA19041911Placed first in competition of 1904
Item 6 of 13Henry Edward HigginsArchitectC1904 Placed second in competition
Item 7 of 13Eric Alexander SutherlandArchitectD1904 Placed equal third in competition
Item 8 of 13Mangnall & LittlewoodsArchitectural practiceE1904 Placed equal third in competition
Item 9 of 13Herbert Austen HallArchitectF1904 Unsuccessful entry, described as “One of the best designs in the recent competition”
Item 10 of 13Alexander Alban Hamilton Scott (or Archibald Alban Hamilton Scott, or Augustine Alban Hamilton Scott)ArchitectB1906 Unsuccessful competition design
Item 11 of 13Babtie & BonnArchitectural practice, EngineersB1906 Unsuccessful competition design
Item 12 of 13Carl Roderique Louise Menni BonnEngineerB1906 Unsuccessful competition design
Item 13 of 13John Taylor BabtieEngineerB1906 Unsuccessful competition design


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Ayr Town Council 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Presspp122, 131
Item 2 of 3Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIASp22
Item 3 of 3Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1906   999 (listed under incorrect firm title of Babtie & Bone and A Hamilton Scott)

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 9Ayr Advertiser19 May 1910   
Item 2 of 9Ayr Advertiser25 May 1911   
Item 3 of 9British Architect22 April 1904  p278
Item 4 of 9British Architect9 July 1904  p21
Item 5 of 9British Architect9 July 1904  p21- competition announced
Item 6 of 9British Architect7 October 1904  p258 competition result
Item 7 of 9British Architect21 October 1904  p294 - amended details - third place
Item 8 of 9British Architect13 January 1905  p22 and illustration of design entry
Item 9 of 9Building News6 May 1910  p618 - passing of plans

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent August 2009
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register21575 
Item 3 of 4J & J A CarrickHandlist of works by James Carrick (copy in possession of DMW)  
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers James Carrick: L v6 no342 (microfiche reel 31)