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 - 29 April 2014


  • Work continues on the new steps
  • Placing of granite seating units is nearly complete
  • Installation of new edge to revetment in preparation for concrete works has commenced
  • Sample panel for concrete has been poured and is curing prior to final inspection

West Princes St

  • Parking bays paved

Colquhoun Square (south)

  • Work commenced on central path network
  • 8 trees planted
  • Soiling works commenced

Colquhoun Square (north)

  • Excavation of tree pits completed
  • Drainage excavation continues

Sinclair Street car park

  • Work commenced

Clyde St

  • Remainder of street lights have been commissioned
Helensburgh CHORD latest newsletter - March 2014

Read the latest newsletter about Phase 2 of the project (produced by MacLay's Civil Engineering, who are the contractors for the Helensburgh CHORD project). This edition gives updates on the progress being made in Colquhoun Square and on the Esplanade, and gives you details of the parking arrangements while the work is being carried out.

Read the March newsletter

Campbeltown Berthing Facility - update February 2014

The CHORD Project Team and consultants continue to develop the Full Business Case for the development of Campbeltown Berthing Facilities including dedicated onshore toilets and showers.  The Full Business Case is now at an advanced staged and to date the following activities have been completed;

  • Completion of additional site investigations
  • Approval of Town Planning Consent subject to conditions
  • Marine Scotland Construction Consent
  • Fully developed design and outline specification

The current stage is developing the full technical specification, clear operational guidance and detailed business planning.  As part of this final phase before submitting a completed Full Business Case to the Council, we will be having a final open day to allow all interested individuals and organisations to engage with the project team as they finalise the design and business plan. 

In addition to the above, the open day will also relate to other significant works on the Old Quay around the Fish Berths that is not directly related to the redevelopment of Campbeltown Berthing Facility and whilst the two projects are distinct, they will be managed collectively to ensure minimum disruption to the Old Quay. 

The open day will be on Friday 28 March 2014 in the Town Hall in Campbeltown between 11.00am and 5.00pm.