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 September 2013

Yarn Bomb Bute unites people with colour, creativity and craft

Yarnbombing in ButeRothesay town centre was decorated in colourful textiles in a late night mission ahead of the September weekend. The Yarn Bomb Bute project has been working in the background for more than a month to create and prepare the materials over a series of aptly named Crafternoons. Led by Glasgow-based textile artist Angharad McLaren, more than 250 people from various community groups as well as a number of enthusiastic individuals took part in the making of pom poms, knitted lamp post covers, neon bunting and even a giant pom pom raspberry for the top of Café Zavaroni’s ice cream cone. 

The aim of this project, the latest instalment of the THI’s complementary initiative programme, was to involve as many people as possible from primary school children to community learning, in a creative way in the producing of the textiles as well as highlighting the areas in which the THI project will be investing grant in the town centre.

More than 245 people took part in the Yarn Bomb Bute trail event over the September weekend. A guide booklet was produced which contained more information about yarn bombing and the THI, as well as a map and site-by-site description of where the colourful installations could be found and grant was being invested.   

The support for this event was overwhelming and Rothesay THI would like to thank everyone who contributed to and participated in Yarn Bomb Bute.

Helensburgh CHORD Project Update

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 August Newsletter

Rothesay THI update August 2013

First priority building repair project on site

The comprehensive repair works to one of Rothesay THI’s priority building projects has begun on site. 21 – 27 Montague Street, at Guildford Square, comprises 5 flats and 3 commercial properties. The contract is expected to last 16 weeks and should complete before the end of December.