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 March 2013

Two training events were held in March

  • Merchandising Masterclass

 A workshop aimed at local business owners to help create a positive image for their trading environment, focusing on external presentation, signage, interior layout, lighting, merchandising and customer service.

A number of local shops participated in the event and benefitted from one-to-one follow up visits. A report on each shop was provided with recommendations on how to improve their shop displays.

  •  Surveying Traditional Buildings Workshop

A two-day seminar aimed at built heritage professionals and contractors. A number of topics were covered including: traditional building materials, conservation principles, traditional building technology and survey techniques. There were 11 attendees on each day.

Rothesay THI update February 2013

The first grant funded shopfront project is now underway. Following the grant award in September 2012, the shopfront was constructed off site. Forming part of a Grade C listed building, the repair will see the reinstatement of a traditional shopfront, retaining the original corner window and relocation of the door to the Guildford Square elevation. 

 We are delighted to have been able to support the enhancement of this prominent sea front property. There is so much work involved in getting these projects on site, so it is rewarding to see this first shopfront improvement coming forward, and enhancing the island gateway. We expect a further eight applications for shopfront repair to be submitted to us over the next few months and some of these projects to be on site over the summer.

Rothesay Post Office

Rothesay THI update January 2013

For an overview of all training and events held to date, please download this booklet. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for upcoming events please contact