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
Email -

Project updates

Title Update
Rothesay THI update October 2012

LTM Group (formerly Laing Traditional Masonry) delivered a two-day practical course in masonry repair and mortar mix and application. Both days were attended by local contractors, architects and housing improvement staff.

Masonry repair training day  Mixing lime mortar

Topics covered included:

  • Repair of traditional masonry
  • Principles of conservation
  • Specification and application of lime mortars
  • Types of harling

This event was part of the Rothesay THI complementary initiatives programme. For more information on future events please check our events section.

Kinloch Road Regeneration update October 2012

Aqualibrium Avenue, the new road through Park Square was opened in September. The new road creates a gateway entrance into the heart of Campbeltown, showcasing the Aqualibrium and providing attractive views along the waterfront.

The public realm element of the new road has been enhanced using high quality features including aluminium lighting columns, galvanised steel frame benches, modern street furniture and flower bedding.

These public realm features are being extended along Kinloch Road with the footway improvements and carriageway resurfacing scheduled to commence in November 2012. These works include upgrading the existing footways to a uniform asphalt surface and providing new clear and visible pedestrian crossing points at key locations along Kinloch Road. The waterfront railings along the esplanade are being replaced and will tie into the new railing along Hall Street.

The Bus Terminus is also being upgraded to provide new bus boarder kerbing to improve passenger access with new passenger information signage being erected. The soft landscaping park area at the bus terminus is also due to be refurbished. This will include new seating, bins, pathways and planting.  These works are scheduled to begin early next year to coincide with the bedding season for the new planting.

Campbeltown Berthing Facility Update - October 2012

Argyll and Bute Council has recently invited companies to submit tenders to develop the Full Business Case for the berthing facility.  This stage will pull together a detailed design for improved berthing and onshore facilities, all the necessary consents, final costs, details of operations etc.

The successful consultant to undertake the Full Business Case will be appointed during November 2012, with the work expected to be complete by the end of May 2013.

Once again a key focus will be full engagement and consultation with stakeholders.  This will mean a third workshop will be held with local stakeholders and we will confirm details of this at a later date.

We keep a current database of stakeholders and if you wish to be included on this database please submit your contact details together with a brief description about your interest in the project to the project manager:

For example - John Smith, e-mail address, telephone number - local sailor, interested in the plans for the marina.