Campbeltown Kinloch Road Project

kinloch Road Regeneration


Background and what we are doing

This project aims to regenerate the Kinloch Road area of Campbeltown through a number of activities:

1. Provision of improved public realm along Aqualibrium Avenue (the new road through Park Square), Kinloch Road and around the triangular park at the bus terminus.  You can see the public realm design using the links below

New Road at Park Square | Detailed design - 1 | Detailed design - 2 | Bus Terminus Park – planting plan

2. Assist ACHA with their planned development of housing and community facilities on the site of the former Park Square housing that has been demolished

  • We have worked with ACHA to secure the land transfer necessary to allow construction of ACHA’s housing and Aqualibrium Avenue; both contracts are now underway.

3. Relocate the Council’s Road’s depot to another site to facilitate the housing development proposed by ACHA

  • This is now complete with the new depot operating at Machrihanish

4. Investigate the potential for environmental improvement or renewal on underutilised land adjacent to the Council depot

  • This will be investigated following the completion of the road construction and ACHA housing.

This project is closely linked with the infrastructure improvements associated with the Kintyre Renewables Hub project.  It is also closely linked with the refurbishment of the Royal Hotel, the All Weather Pitch facility and the development of housing by ACHA.

The project also follows on from the ‘Kinloch Road/Longrow Re-development Options Appraisal’ (Final Report, July 2008) prepared by Roger Tym and Partners, which identified three possible re-development options for the Kinloch Road area.

The preferred option represented a strategic regeneration project to reflect the site’s potential as a key link between the town centre, Aqualibrium and the waterfront. A range of uses were proposed for the site, designed to bolster the town’s attraction as a place to visit and live – thus resulting in longer term economic benefit and increase in property values.

Project updates

Title Update
Kinloch Road Regeneration update October 2012

Aqualibrium Avenue, the new road through Park Square was opened in September. The new road creates a gateway entrance into the heart of Campbeltown, showcasing the Aqualibrium and providing attractive views along the waterfront.

The public realm element of the new road has been enhanced using high quality features including aluminium lighting columns, galvanised steel frame benches, modern street furniture and flower bedding.

These public realm features are being extended along Kinloch Road with the footway improvements and carriageway resurfacing scheduled to commence in November 2012. These works include upgrading the existing footways to a uniform asphalt surface and providing new clear and visible pedestrian crossing points at key locations along Kinloch Road. The waterfront railings along the esplanade are being replaced and will tie into the new railing along Hall Street.

The Bus Terminus is also being upgraded to provide new bus boarder kerbing to improve passenger access with new passenger information signage being erected. The soft landscaping park area at the bus terminus is also due to be refurbished. This will include new seating, bins, pathways and planting.  These works are scheduled to begin early next year to coincide with the bedding season for the new planting.

Kinloch Road Regeneration update February 2012

School competition

A competition was held with local primary schools to come up with a road name for the new road and to produce art work showing what renewables meant for Campbeltown.  See our press release for more details about this. 

 Public Realm

Other recent updates include sign off by the Project Board of the public realm proposal allowing progress to be made on procuring the works.  The public realm works are likely to take place late summer 2012 in order to fit with all of the other construction programmes underway in Campbeltown. 

This work will see new footways along Kinloch Road and round the triangular park area, Kinloch Road resurfaced, new street furniture provided and new planting provided at the triangular park beside the bus terminus.

The exception to this is work outside the Royal Hotel which is currently underway and being progressed by the Hotel Developers

The register of comments received on the public realm proposals, and the responses given can be found here -

Public Realm Consultation Register - November 2011

Project interactions

A busy time is in store for Campbeltown with a number of projects getting underway on site.  All project teams are liaising with each other to best meet the needs of Campbeltown whilst causing as minimal disruption as possible.

If you have any concerns or comments please feel free to contact us here.

Kinloch Road Regeneration update October 2011 - ACHA development and new road naming

ACHA and the former Roads Depot site

The land transfer between Argyll and Bute Council and ACHA has now taken place, allowing ACHA to proceed on site with their housing development.  The Kinloch Road Regeneration Project is supporting the housing development - adding high quality finishes to ensure an attractive entrance point to Campbeltown town centre.


New Road Naming

A competition is about to get underway with Castlehill and Dalintober Primary Schools to suggest a name for the new road through Park Square.  Dalintober will also be taking part in an art competition showing what the renewable industry means for Campbeltown.  Entries for the art competition will be on display before the end of the year.