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
Rothesay THI update July 2013

Training for contractors and community groups

Lead burning workshop

Lead burning trainingThe Lead Sheet Association, based in Kent, delivered a two day lead burning course for local contractors and homeowners, the latest course offered as part of the THI’s complementary traditional skills training programme.

Fundraising training

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations delivered a one day workshop in Rothesay aimed at local community groups and organisations to enhance their capacity as fundraisers, locally or on a wider scale. 10 local groups attended this training course.

Helensburgh CHORD Latest Newsletter

MacLay's Civil Engineering who are the Contractors for the Helensburgh CHORD Project have issued their most recent newsletter to keep you up to date with all the latest developments in the project. This newsletter will be issued to all local residents and retailers and you can also read it here on the website.

Read the July newsletter

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