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Basic Site Details

Name: Ayr County Hospital
Town, district or village: Ayr
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Ayr New Hospital.óLast week the subscribers to the new hospital buildings fund received and considered a report by the referees, Professors Macleod and Gairdner, and Mr Salmond, architect, all of Glasgow, to whom the competitive plans for the hospital had been submitted. All three concurred in placing first the plans submitted by Mr. Murdoch, of Ayr, but Mr Salmond added a rider stating that in his opinion the carrying out of this design would cost £11,300, whereas the conditions prescribed the outside cost as £8,000. Mr. Murdoch stated that he would undertake to have his plan executed for a stipulated sum; and, after a discussion, the meeting was adjourned for two months to enable Mr Murdoch to procure builders' tenders. [Building News 25 March 1881 p342]

Cost of 1881-83 part £11,000

1974 alterations cost £69,000

Architect: John Murdoch, 41 Newmarket Street. nd. Site plan for new hospital.
ns. nd. Competition designs.
ns. 1880. Site plan showing ground feued from Major R F F Campbell of Craigie.
McDerment & Murdoch. 1882. Washing House for Fever Wards.
Allan Stevenson. 1892. Adds and alts.
J Kennedy Hunter. 1922. Plumbing.
Plans: at Darley Hay Partnership, Ayr. [RCAHMS]

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Holmston RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 618811883 Original hospital building
Item 2 of 613 February 1883 Opened 
Item 3 of 61892  Additions and alterations
Item 4 of 6After 1906  Addition of new block
Item 5 of 619291940 Various alterations and extensions
Item 6 of 61974 Alterations and additions 


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 12John MurdochArchitectA18811883Original hospital building
Item 2 of 12James Inglis McDermentArchitect, EngineerS1882 Washing house for fever wards
Item 3 of 12John MurdochArchitectS1882 Washing house for fever wards
Item 4 of 12McDerment & MurdochArchitectural practiceS1882 Washing house for fever wards
Item 5 of 12Allan StevensonArchitectB1892 Additions and alterations
Item 6 of 12James CarrickArchitectCAfter 1906 As assistant to James Kennedy Hunter
Item 7 of 12James Kennedy HunterArchitectCAfter 1906 Addition of new block
Item 8 of 12James CarrickArchitectD19291940Alterations (Carrick on his own account)
Item 9 of 12J & J A CarrickArchitectural practiceH1974 Alterations
Item 10 of 12James Andrew CarrickArchitectH1974 Alterations
Item 11 of 12James Gardner HutchesonArchitectH1974 Alterations
Item 12 of 12Ronald Charles Graham H1974 Alterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIASp20
Item 2 of 4Love, Dane2005Lost Ayrshire Edinburgh: Birlinnpp162-3 Illustration
Item 3 of 4RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 4 of 4Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive) 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Architect29 July 1882XXVIII page 73
Item 2 of 7Ayrshire Advertiser21 February 1929  Hunter's obituary
Item 3 of 7Ayrshire Post15 February 1929  Hunter's obituary
Item 4 of 7Builder6 May 1893LXIV p354
Item 5 of 7Builder22 February 1929CXXXVI Obituary of Hunter
Item 6 of 7Building News25 March 1881  p342
Item 7 of 7RIBA Journal13 April 1929 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of Hunter

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Ayrshire Archives (from February 2007)Darley- Hay Partnership archive Plans and drawings
Item 2 of 3J & J A CarrickHandlist of works by James Carrick (copy in possession of DMW)  
Item 3 of 3National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Ayrshire and Arran Health Board Minute Books and Annual Reports 1880-1939


© All rights reserved.  The Architect Vol. xxviii, 29 July 1882, page 73 

© All rights reserved. The Architect Vol. xxviii, 29 July 1882, page 73