Ardrishaig Public Realm Improvements

The Ardrishaig North Public Realm improvements is one of 6 projects that was selected to be taken forward through the Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund.

The John Smith Memorial Garden and adjoining open space and car parks are important public spaces in the heart of Ardrishaig, lying between Chalmers Street and Loch Gilp, and extending south from the public halls .  Thanks to the Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund, Argyll and Bute Council have the opportunity to work with the local community to deliver improvements to the area.  These will complement the investments that the community itself is making in the public halls.

It has been a long term aspiration of local residents and community organisations in Ardrishaig to see these spaces be made more attractive including provision of better space for community events, improvements to the car parks and upgrading of the paths and landscaping.

The project aims to improve the public realm around Chalmers Street to create an attractive environment which encourages people to stop, visit, enjoy and spend time in.

Following several rounds of public consultation, the improvements will include:

  • A new public space adjacent to the North Hall;
  • An improved waterside walkway with seating and a new lochside viewing area;
  • Improvements to the public garden between the two car parks;
  • Retention and reorganisation of the existing north car park including additional disabled parking;
  • Installation of dropped kerbs and paving to make access easier for all;
  • Relocation of the bus stop to enable a crossing to the Public Hall and better links towards the Crinan Canal; and
  • Improved accessibility for the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail making it easier for kayakers to go between Loch Fyne and the Crinan Canal.

You can view the plans here

Ardrishaig public realm proposal arial view

Programme of works

We have appointed contractors, P1 Solutions Ltd to carry out the works which are expected to start during July 2022 and are expected to complete during February 2023 – we will update this page as we move towards works starting and have further information available.

Work to improve the public realm in Ardrishaig will involve substantial engineering and landscaping works but we will be working with the contractors to minimise disruption as much as possible during construction. The site is in an exposed, coastal location and these improvements are therefore been planned to be commence during the summer so that works can progress before the worst of the autumn and winter storms arrive.

Initial indications are that the contractor will work in phases commencing work on the footway along Chalmers Street. Following this it is expected that works will move to the public gardens, waterfront and finally the new public space adjacent to the North Hall. Due to the scale and nature of the works, it will be necessary to close the site, this is the only safe way to deliver the works while protecting our contractors and the public. For the majority of the construction period the north car park will be open with a reduced number of spaces, alternative parking provision is available on the south car park and adjacent to Pier Square.

Whilst construction works are taking place along the Chalmers Street footway, closure of the pavement will be required and traffic management will be in place. We will work with the contractor to minimise disruption to both pedestrians and bus users.

We will work with the contractor to maintain access to the North Hall and public toilets during the course of the works. More detail will be added as the project progresses.

Planned works

Dates for undertaking


Site Set Up & Establishment

July 2022


Construction works

July 2022 – February 2023


Handover and completion

February 2023


Progress Updates

We will be providing regular updates on the works, including photos, by email to key stakeholders and interested parties, and on this webpage.

If you have any further questions or would like to be included in the regular email update please contact:

Anna Watkiss - email or telephone 01546 604344.

Progress reports 

27 June 2022 – we have let a contract for the works in Ardrishaig and off site preparatory work is underway.

Public consultation

The designs were informed by a steering group which included community representation from Ardrishaig Community Council and Ardrishaig Community Trust. Public consultation events open to everybody took place in September 2019 and June 2020, the latter online due to government restrictions in relation to Covid-19. A dedicated website detailing the proposals and enabling interested parties to have their say was established - The information provided helped to shape the final design which seeks to deliver the key elements which the local community said were important to them. 

You can read the consultation report from the June 2020 consultation.

The planning application for the final design was submitted in April 2021, reference number 21/00868/PP, with approval being granted on 30th September 2021. Details of the planning application and the decision can be viewed here.

Our funders

The project is funded by Argyll and Bute Council’s Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund, The Crown Estate Scotland, Sustrans, The Green Infrastructure Fund and HiTrans.

Contact details

Anna Watkiss
Senior Development Officer
Argyll and Bute Council
Whitegates Office


Phone: 01546 604344

Ardrishaig front   Ardrishaig car park