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

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Rothesay THI update January 2014

Guildford Court ApartmentsA third repair project begins at Guildford Square

The third of Rothesay THI’s four priority projects is now underway. Guildford Court Apartments on Watergate began in early January and is expected to complete in the Summer.  

Rothesay THI update December 2013

Talking tenementsTalking Tenements with Rothesay Academy

First year pupils studying Physics at Rothesay Academy participated in a workshop delivered by Robin Webster of CameronWebsterArchitects designed around the theme of energy efficiency in historic buildings.

The workshop was followed by an interactive theatrical presentation which told the story of three Victorian tenements: the first being in need of repair, the second having been repaired well and sympathetic to the needs of the building, and the third having been poorly repaired without thought to the building’s historic materials and character.

Rothesay THI update November 2013

Migration exhibition

Third annual Maintenance Week Event held

National Maintenance Week is an annual event taking place in November each year which aims to promote the importance and benefits of regularly checking and carrying out maintenance to your property.

A short film, entitled, ‘A Bird’s Eye View of Rothesay’ was screened throughout the afternoon of Saturday 23rd November which demonstrated some of the problems commonly experienced with Rothesay’s Victorian buildings. The film can be viewed at:

The footage provides an accurate picture of the condition of the town centre buildings and describes how common problems can be resolved and even avoided in the first place. The film screenings were accompanied with the offer of expert advice from Annie Flint, tenement specialist, and John Gilbert, conservation accredited architect, on appropriate tenement maintenance.

Migration Exhibition installation at Rothesay Library

Andy Campbell of Dress for the Weather, a Glasgow-based architecture practice, created an exhibition to showcase the effects of inward migration on Rothesay’s town centre. The exhibition was launched with a guided tour of Rothesay’s most prominent buildings including Duncan’s Halls, Rothesay Castle and Bute Fabrics.

Architectural workshopAndy also facilitated an architectural workshop with art students from Rothesay Academy at the Castle. A measured survey of the building gave students skills in sketching, working and drawing in scale and recording their built environment.

Primary children from two schools participated in mapping exercises to better understand the buildings and spaces that help make up their town centre.