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 - August 2012

Helensburgh CHORD update – August 12

Following the result of the Helensburgh Referendum on Colquhoun Square Public Realm Improvement works in June this year, the Design Team has been busy preparing the amended Planning Application for the chosen design – Option 3 (with a straight road through Colquhoun Square and an increased proportion of green space), in consultation with Members of the Helensburgh CHORD Project Board.

In finalising the design for the Square, the Design Team and the Project Board have considered the responses from the completed comment cards – find out more about the comments received here.

The most frequently raised comment (40 received) was in support of retaining/reuse of the existing lamp standards – you can view the information about lamp standards here.

The intention is to submit the amended Planning Application later this month.  On receipt of planning approval the Design Team will update the drawings and tender documents (including details of the phasing of the works) for issue to Contractors for pricing in early January 2013.  Once the Planning Application has been lodged, details of the design will be uploaded to the website.  

Target dates for the completion of the various tasks to enable the project to start on site can be found under Key Milestones.  It is anticipated that the project will start on site in spring next year with an estimated completion date of summer 2014.

Outdoor Museum

Despite the Heritage Lottery Fund being unable to contribute towards the “Outdoor Museum” proposal for Colquhoun Square, additional funding has been secured through the Section 75 Agreement for the Waitrose development.  Details of the Outdoor Museum can be found in our previous press release.  We need your help in identifying the artefacts, images and stories to go on display in the Square, therefore if you an idea please contact Peter McCaughey ( email :  or tel:  07906 290 689) or Helen Ford  (email :  or tel: 0787 9641 415

Campbeltown Berthing Facility Update - July 2012

The Council has continued to liaise with stakeholders and are now giving consideration to a new berthing option provided by Campbeltown Loch Berthing Company.  The project team are now reviewing this option along with one other option from the Hyder Report of August 2011 and will be reporting to the Project Board on the final steps to progress the project to full business case.

Rothesay THI update June 2012

As part of our Complementary Initiative (Training and Events) programme, Rothesay THI facilitated two Education Days at Rothesay Castle, in partnership with Historic Scotland.

 Stonemasonry IntroductionJoinery Inroduction

The aim of the event was to raise awareness of traditional building techniques. Students were split into groups and worked their way round a series of work stations including traditional leadwork, joinery, stonemasonry, slate and building techniques 

Leadwork IntroductionBuilding techniques introduction

All 75 students were kitted out with full PPE (personal protective equipment) including protective footwear, glasses and hard hats as well as a Historic Scotland 'goodie bag'. Rothesay Primary, North Bute Primary and St. Andrew's Primary were given 3.5 hour sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday morning with Rothesay Academy and Land Based Skills Students from Argyll College attending on Wednesday afternoon.The college students were also given a short 'conservation tour' of the town with Historic Scotland's District Architect. What a success!