June 2014 - The bunkhouse has now been welcoming guests for three years and is performing well. As originally planned, surpluses are used to maintain the redundant church that is now the heritage centre and to develop the exhibits and purchase equipment to improve the visitor experience.
April 2012 – all work has now been completed. The first guests arrived on 26th April.
January 2012 - See update.
October 2011 - See update.
September 2011 - See update.
July 2011 - See update.
May 2011 - Work has now commenced. For further information on the history of the Old Schoolhouse and the plans for the new bunkhouse please see the attached proposals.
April 2011 - All funding has now been secured for the capital works, this includes £250,000 from the Campbeltown THI and £173,025 from the European Regional Development Fund. McKinven and Colville have been formally appointed and are due to commence on site on 16th May 2011.
February 2011 - Significant progress has been made during the past few months; statutory permissions are in place, final grant applications have been submitted (THI and ERDF), the tender exercise has been completed and local firm McKinven and Colville have been named as the chosen contractor. The anticipated start date is April 2011.
August 2010 - The Development Phase is behind schedule due to a number of unforeseen issues. These include; access arrangements, cash flow and VAT liability on the capital works.
May 2009 - Kintyre Amenity Trust has secured funding via CARS and Argyll and the Islands LEADER Programme to allow them to move to the Development Phase of the project. A design team, led by John Gilbert Architects, has been put in place to draw up designs for the bunkhouse, which will probably have it's accommodation on a single storey, but may extend to some first floor facilities. The conservation philosophy will be to retain as much historic fabric as possible, but due to the advanced state of dereliction that the building is in, compatible modern materials may be used where appropriate. The shell of the building will be repaired with the slate roof reinstated, stonework pointed and windows and doors either repaired or replaced to match the original pattern.
July 2008 - The Options Appraisal was completed in July 2008. This indicated that a repair project to put the building into use as a bunkhouse for visitors was likely to be viable and fundable.
September 2007 - Through the Campbeltown CARS, the Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust (SBPT) was commissioned to carry out an Options Appraisal into how to regenerate this historic building. SBPT will work closely with the building owners, the Kintyre Amenity Trust.
March 2007 - The Old School has been identified as a target property for the Campbeltown Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Urgent works have been carried to stabilize the building, funded by CARS.