The conversion of the Barony Church to a craft centre incorporating exhibition space, retail area, an education facility and cafe is the subject of a £865,000 building contract awarded by West Kilbride Community Initiative Limited (WKCIL) to Clark Contracts.

The Main Works contract awarded to Clark Contracts will see additional work on the 19th century listed building involving a fit out of the existing building, a new mezzanine floor and a new glass cafe extension, with work scheduled for completion by mid September 2011.  Work has already commenced on the internal demolition works and the propping and piling works for both the internal mezzanine area and cafe foundations.

Maggie Broadley, Craft Development Manager, Craft Town Scotland said, “After years of planning, paperwork and fundraising, it’s so exciting that the project is now entering the Main Works phase which will see the most dramatic change to the building.

“The Barony Centre will play an important role for the community of West Kilbride, providing an ideal shop window for local and national makers to showcase their skills.”

Commenting on the contract win, Gordon Cunningham, managing director, Clark Contracts said: “Over a number of years, we have developed extensive experience working on listed buildings and to be awarded such a unique project is a real pleasure and privilege for us.  We look forward to handing the Craft Centre over to the local community who have worked so hard to bring this project to life.”

Founded in 1978, Clark Contracts has grown to employ over 200 staff at offices in Paisley, covering the West of Scotland, and Edinburgh, covering the East. Around 80% of the company’s work is repeat business and six out of ten customers have worked with Clark Contracts for five years or more.