CHORD - Town Centre Regeneration Projects

Project updates - all projects  Programme information

Argyll and Bute Council has agreed to an ambitious and forward-looking programme to assist regeneration and economic development in five of it’s waterfront towns - Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon. In November 2008, the Council unanimously agreed to allocate more than £30 million to the programme, since named ‘CHORD’.

The multi-million pound initiative will see major improvements to the town centres and waterfronts of all five towns.

Campbeltown (£6.5 million)

The re-development of the existing facilities
The regeneration of the Kinloch Road area
Improvements to the town’s heritage and conservation sites through the Campbeltown Town Centre Regeneration Project

Helensburgh (£6.66 million)

Developing a more sustainable traffic management system in the town centre and redeveloping the West Bay Esplanade between Colquhoun Square and William Street

Oban (£6.9 million)

Improve traffic flow within the town centre, reconfigure Oban Bay/Harbour to better meet the needs of users, refresh the Oban Action Plan and develop the transport interchange

Rothesay (£2.4 million)

Renovate and improve Rothesay Pavilion
Deliver a THI for the Rothesay Town Centre Conservation area

Dunoon (£8.3 million)

Redevelop and create a vibrant and attractive waterfront

Chord Programme Manager - Helen Ford
Phone - 01436 658 839
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Project updates

Title Update
Helensburgh CHORD update - June 2013

Phase 1 Works

The Phase 1 works are now well underway and good progress is being made. Drew Dunion, Maclay’s Contract Manager reported that

“Drainage- Works are almost complete to 85% of the Phase 1 A area. Rock was found at certain areas which slowed progress but once these areas were cleared, good progress was made. The remaining area between Sinclair St and Colquhoun St is currently underway.

 Kerb log and car parking bay installation

Works are progressing well from the Western end of the site and almost 60% of the work in these areas is now complete. Preparation for the Granite arriving is well in hand and the mortar silos are now erected within the compound. We should have multiple work areas complete in a few weeks in advance of the first batch of kerbing arriving on site around mid July.

Street lighting- Ducting has also been installed to the rear of the footpath kerb line and will be backfilled to allow construction of the new footpath

Public Toilet - The toilets are progressing well with the new internal panels are now in fabrication . The walls are now fully plastered in preparation for tiling and the new ceilings will be installed this week”. 


Details of the proposed artworks for the Open Air Museum in Colquhoun Square and throughout the  CHORD project area can be viewed here on the website - view the proposed artwork 

Rothesay THI update June 2013

The second shopfront replacement to take place with grant assistance from Rothesay THI is now on site. The project, at Buckeridge Installations, 5 East Princes Street, began on 10 June 2013 and is due to complete within 6 weeks.

Rothesay THI update May 2013

The weekend of 17th-19th May saw a series of short talks and practical workshops take place in Rothesay. The event was aimed at homeowners hoping to learn more about the fabric and repair of their traditional buildings. Topics covered included lime pointing and harling, sash and case window repair and roof slate repairs.

Shorts talks on Friday included a 'surgery' whereby homeowners could ask about their building's specific repair and maintenance needs and pick up copies of relevant guidance from Historic Scotland.

Practical demonstrations at Mount Stuart Workshops allowed homeowners to see the various techniques in practice and offered the chance to get hands-on.

The event was delivered by Craig Frew, Building Conservation and Traditional Masonry Consultant, along with a number of experts in each field, who said  

"The workshops were a success...helping property owners restore the traditional features of their historic properties, and helping them bring their buildings back into good repair. The practical nature of the workshops really engaged those who attended by providing them with a much greater appreciation and understanding of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of common and typical repairs, and demonstrated the eminently repairable and maintainable nature of traditional properties and their components"