The Estate includes most of the former campus of the agricultural college. Access is taken from the B743 public road with a secondary entrance also off the B743 at Nellies Gate.
The 117 acres includes a mixture of farmland, mature woodland and parkland with fine views to the south and west towards the River Ayr.
The main part of the former campus is centred on two imposing listed buildings. Gibbs Yard, the original Home Farm of the estate which has various let office suites and cottages, and Wilson Hall, the hall of residence for the college built in 1955. A number of farm and office buildings have been demolished in preparation for the likely future housing development planned for this area. South Ayrshire Council Archives occupy the Watson Peat building, one of the larger remaining buildings, and their lease at a rent of £60,000 has been extended to April 2020. Further offices and buildings opposite Gibbs Yard form Temple Mount and SRUC’s poultry research unit. Oswalds Temple is a folly on the hill behind Temple Mount designed by Robert Adam in 1778. Nearly all the houses and cottages, which are in varying states of repair, are in this part of the estate.
The Nellies Gate entrance provides access to the eastern part of the Estate. Buildings here include the Veterinary laboratories, and the East Lodge. A further 17 acres of parkland comprises part of the Arboretum.
There are various private utility networks on the Estate. Both future development of the estate and the continuing provision of services to existing tenants and adjoining proprietors will require the existing private networks to be replaced with replacement and vested infrastructure. The layout of such infrastructure would require to serve new development and existing users/ properties that will be retained.
An outline of the existing position is as follows.
A 180mm SGN Medium Pressure main runs along the B743 and terminates at a boundary meter at point 2 on the plan. A further portion of SGN Medium Pressure main network runs from the B743 south along the C37 road. Existing buildings are served by the private network which emanates from these points. The existing private main on the Estate will require replacement for adoption purposes in connection with future development of the estate and to ensure that existing users/properties are served via the replacement network.
Available from a 300mm Scottish Water trunk main on the B743 and a 3” distribution main within the C37 road to an existing private network on the estate. The existing private network will require replacement for adoption purposes in connection with future development of the estate and to ensure that existing users/ properties are served via the replacement network.
11kV Scottish Power underground cables on the B743 provides the point of connection to the estate at a private high voltage substation. There is further Scottish Power HV overhead plant that runs through the site along the C37 road. The existing electrical private network is of considerable age and will require replacement for adoption purposes in connection with future development of the estate and to ensure that existing users/properties are served via the replacement network.
BT Openreach has overhead plant and underground ducting throughout the site. Connection to the wider BT network is available at West Lodge and within the B743. Existing private connections will require replacement for adoption purposes in connection with future development of the estate and to ensure that existing users/properties are served via the replacement network.
A combined foul water and surface water gravity drainage system services most of the buildings and those to the south and east drain to a private pumping station to the south of the Estate. The drainage is pumped from there via a 100mm MS Rising Main into a Scottish Water adopted combined sewer within the C37 road before connecting via combined gravity sewers to the B743. Existing private sewers will require replacement for adoption purposes in connection with future development of the estate and to ensure that existing users/ properties are served via the replacement network.
Neogen are the adjoining proprietors of the Dairy Buildings and Oswald Hall and as part of the contractual arrangements in relation to the sale of these properties to them, SRUC is obliged to procure the continued provision of utilities to these properties through the existing private networks within the Estate. The cost of these utility supplies is recharged to Neogen by SRUC. SRUC is entitled to procure the connection of these properties to publicly adopted services when available in the future, at which point these arrangements will cease. As part of the arrangements for the sale of the Estate, SRUC will require the purchaser to take over these contractual arrangements with Neogen. Further details of these arrangements are available in the data room. SRUC also undertook to Neogen to provide certain estate management services in respect of the common parts of the Estate, insofar as SRUC considers appropriate, having regard to the principles of good estate management. An appropriate share of these costs can be recovered from Neogen, subject to an annual cap. Again, SRUC will require a purchaser of the Estate to take over these obligations. Further details are available in the data room.
A similar arrangement is being set up with another prospective adjoining proprietor.
The 30 acre Arboretum is parkland containing 1015 memorial trees sponsored by individuals and groups for various reasons. The western section comprising 17 acres of it is included in the sale. There are incomplete records of these sponsorships which have been deposited with Ayrshire Archives to whom the occasional requests from individuals to identify a particular tree should be directed. The purchasers of the Estate will be obliged to maintain this amenity parkland, permit access from sponsors, and protect the memorial trees as far as it is reasonably practical to do so.
SRUC LEASEBACK AREAS
A number of buildings and areas on the estate will be leased back to SRUC from the date of entry to 31/3/2020 or later. These sites are shown in blue on the plan. The rent will be nominal and SRUC will pay a service charge to cover utilities consumption and rates.
SERVITUDE RIGHTS, RIGHTS OF ACCESS, ETC.
The Estates is burdened with the following principle access and servitude rights:-
Access rights to the Neogen campus at the Dairy Buildings and Oswald Hall from the main entrance.
Access rights to the Walled Garden from the Nellies Gate entrance.
In so far as the Sellers are aware, there are no public rights of way or public access rights through the Estate. Appropriate servitude rights will be granted to the pumping station which is situated on land being retained by SRUC.
RATEABLE VALUES AND COUNCIL TAX
The rateable values of the former SRUC buildings will be reassessed following the sale and be dependent on future use, potential demolition, allowances listings etc. Further information available from the Selling Agents.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES
Auchincruive is designated as a Designed Landscape “an informal 19th century parkland and woodland landscape overlaying an earlier formal 18th century one”.
The minerals are not included in the sale.
Morton Fraser 2 Lister Square
Quartermile Two Simpson Loan Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 247 1000
South Ayrshire Council County Buildings
9 Wellington Square Ayr
Tel: 0300 123 0900
Strictly by appointment with the Selling Agents.
A Data Room has been set up which contains a considerable amount of detailed information about the estate. Access will be made available to seriously interested parties.
Auchincruive Estate, By Ayr, South Ayrshire, KA6 5AE
Travelling south along the A77 towards Ayr, turn left at the Whitletts roundabout on to the B743 signposted Mauchline. After one mile turn right for SAC Auchincruive and you have arrived at the Estate.
1 These particulars are intended to give a fair and overall description of the property. If any points are relevant to your interest, please ask for further information, prior to viewing. Prospective purchasers are advised to seek their own professional advice.
2 Areas, measurements and distances are given as a guide. Photographs depict only certain parts of the property. Nothing within the particulars shall be deemed to be a statement as to the structural condition, nor the working order of services and appliances.
3 These particulars shall not be binding on our clients whether acted on or otherwise, unless the same is incorporated within a written document, signed by our clients or on their behalf, satisfying the requirements of Section 3 of The Requirements of Writing (Scotland) Act 1995.
4 Closing Date
A closing date may be fixed. Prospective purchasers who have notified their interest through lawyers to the sole agents, Galbraith, in writing, will be advised of a closing date, unless the property has been sold previously.
The Seller will not be obliged to accept the highest, or indeed any offer and has the right to accept an offer at any time or withdraw the property from the market. The Seller will not be liable for any costs incurred by interested parties.
Our clients are offering their heritable interest in the estate for sale. Formal offers in the acceptable Scottish form should be submitted, through a Scottish Lawyer, to the sole agents, Galbraith.
6 Third Party Rights and Servitudes
The subjects are sold together with and subject to all existing rights of way, servitudes, wayleaves and others whether contained in the Title Deeds or otherwise, and purchasers will be deemed to have satisfied themselves in all respects thereof.
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