Town Hall regeneration

Town Hall

April 2016 - works complete and the Town Hall has now reopened -

July 2015 – Completed works include; chimney rebuild, barrel vaulted ceiling paint strip and timber repairs, reinstatement of original panelling in main hall windows.  The underpinning has been completed and the lift shaft is being constructed.  Slating and leadwork progressing well. 

June 2015 – Good progress is being made internally.  External works are behind schedule.  Replacement stone has now been ordered for indents to spire and front elevation.  Internal plaster repairs underway.

May 2015 – Rotworks almost complete.  Roofing works underway. External paint stripping complete. Ground floor slab in committee room removed and replaced. The weather vane and support structure have been removed.

April 2015 – Works underway include; electrical, plumbing, heating, internal and external paint stripping, leadwork and stoneworks.  The original clock faces have been removed for inspection and safe-keeping.

March 2015 - Work is progressing well internally and external works are now underway including the removal of all existing paint.

December 2014 – Construction work officially started on the 01 December.  This will be limited to internal works until January 2015 when the external works will begin.  McKinven and Colville have appointed 4 new employees due to the increased workload.

November 2014 – At the final event in the Town Hall before work starts, a new logo and website were officially launched.  For more information see the Town Hall website.  SKDT have appointed IMG Quality Control as the Clerk of Works.  IMG will report directly to SKDT on a weekly basis.

October 2014 – Ownership was officially transferred from Argyll and Bute Council to SKDT on the 14 October.  Local construction firm McKinven and Colville Ltd has been appointed as the main contractors for the £1.8 million construction phase. For more information see the Campbeltown Courier website. The majority of sub-contractors are also local, providing a boost to the local economy.

September 2014 – Funding of £224,800 has been secured from Historic Scotland’s Building Repair Grant Scheme with a further £23,698 being secured from Local Energy Scotland.  All funding is now in place.  For further information see the Council’s latest news release:

July 2014 – THI staff continue to provide assistance to SKDT with the project, including the application for further funding.

June 2014 – Returned tenders significantly exceed the pre-tender estimate and the funding package.  Despite a savings exercise, additional funding is required to enable the project to proceed.

May 2014 – Construction tenders now submitted and being reviewed by Design Team.  Local fundraising campaign continues to gain momentum with the sale of the first 2 bottles of whisky specially produced by Springbank Distillery. For more information see the Town Hall Facebook page.

22 April 2014 - SKDT (South Kintyre Development Trust) are currently seeking expressions of interest from trades people who would like to be considered to assist in the renovation of Campbeltown Town Hall.  For more information see press release and poster.

April 2014 - Over 150 people attended the Open Day on 01 April for the Town Hall project.  For more information see press release.

24 March 2014 - SKDT are holding an Open Day on Tuesday 1st April from 1pm until 7pm. Come along to see the updated plans and meet members of the Project Team.  Free tea, coffee and home-baking.  For more information see press release.

March 2014 - Campbeltown’s Kevin Hunter raised £321 for the Town Hall project by cycling almost 500 miles over a 23 day period in the gym at the Aqualibrium.  See press release courtesy of Campbeltown Courier.

February 2014 - SKDT are recruiting a Project Co-ordinator to manage and deliver the final development phase of the project and prepare for the construction phase.  For more information see the advert or visit the Town Hall website.

January 2014 – PQQ (first stage in tender process) for the construction contract has been released on the Public Contracts Scotland website.

The project is at the final design stage and the latest plans for the kitchen and chamber are available to view in the SKDT office. All stakeholders including members of the public are being asked to review the plans and provide feedback.

October 2013 – Big Lottery Fund approve SKDT’s Growing Community Assets Stage 2 application for £1m.  Full funding package of £1.7m now secured.  SKDT can now move to the final development stages.  Estimated site start is June 2014.

September 2013 – Council obtains approval from Sheriff Court to transfer asset from the Common Good to SKDT.

August 2013 – Planning and listed building consents approved. 

July 2013 -  Campbeltown CHORD funding of £300,000 has been approved.  See press release.

June 2013 – SKDT have submitted their Stage 2 application to the Big Lottery Fund for £1million.  THI match funding of £378,000 has been secured.  Planning and listed building applications submitted.  Cost plan, drawings, business plan and cash flow documents completed.

January 2013 – Specialist stone and rot surveys have been carried out.  The Design Team are in the process of preparing the planning and listed building applications.  Town Hall Group are in the process of meeting and gathering information from stakeholders. This includes; local businesses, community groups, past users, public bodies and members of the public.  Visits have been made to other community halls in Argyll and Bute.

Argyll and Bute Council have carried out temporary repair work - see our press release for more details  

December 2012 – Eric Spence Consultancy Services has been appointed to carry out the business consultancy works.  Extensive community engagement work is being carried out to help determine the final designs for the ground floor and main hall. The Design Team have completed their historical and archaeological research and detailed visual and intrusive surveys.

November 2012 - Town Hall open evening on Friday 30 November between 6pm and 8.30pm.  Come along to meet the Design Team and have your say on the plans to date:  

Business Consultancy brief advertised.  See the SKDT website for more information. 

October 2012 – Coltart Earley Architecture have been appointed to lead the project Design Team.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Property Department erect scaffold to carry out essential repairs to the tower.

September 2012 - Big Lottery Fund approve SKDT’s application for development funding of £49,971.  The grant award will fund the cost of the Design Team and the intrusive surveys to deliver the project to RIBA Stage D and the submission of the Growing Community Assets Stage 2 application.  In addition to this, SKDT have secured funding from Argyll and Bute Council for the Business Consultancy work.

Deirdre Henderson has been appointed as the Project Animateur.  Deirdre will be carrying out community engagement, marketing and publicity work during the Stage 2 process.

August 2012 - SKDT are now seeking to appoint a design team and quantity surveyor to assist with the development work for the Growing Community Assets Stage 2 application.  For more information see the advert on the public contracts Scotland website.

June 2012 – The Big Lottery Fund have approved the Stage 1 application (possible grant amount is £979,000).  SKDT can now apply for up to £50,000 of development funding to move them onto stage two where the application with be assessed again.  If approved at stage two and the match funding is secured, the project can move to the construction phase.

May 2012 - SKDT have submitted their funding application and associated documents to the Big Lottery’s Growing Community Assets fund.  A decision is expected towards the end of June 2012.

April 2012 - Needs Analysis report and Options Appraisal have been completed.  A draft Business Plan has been produced. For more information read the latest progress report.

September 2011 - Positive progress is being made.  Six awareness raising events have been held to gauge public opinion about the Town Hall and a new website has been launched dedicated to it.  See news release for more information.

August 2011 - Local group secure funding from Argyll & the Islands LEADER and Investing in Ideas for Development Worker post.  Main duties include:               

Carry out the next phase of community consultation and prepare a community development plan for submission with the Growing Community ASSETS Stage 1 application

  • Identify funding for any shortfall in the funding package
  • Prepare the Growing Community ASSETS Stage 1 application

July 2011 - Campbeltown Community Council (CCC) and South Kintyre Development Trust (SKDT)  have secured funding from Argyll and the Islands LEADER and Investing in Ideas to employ a Community Development Worker for 6 months.  The main aim of the post holder will be to work with CCC and SKDT to fill the funding gap and deliver a Community Engagement Plan.   

May 2011 - Campbeltown Town Hall is located in the centre of the town on the north west side of Main Street.  The original part of the building dates from 1758-60 with the visually striking tower added in 1778.  The building was enlarged to the south west and remodelled in 1865-66.  Described by Historic Scotland as `One of Scotland’s finest town houses’, it forms the centrepiece of the Main Street and is a focal point for Campbeltown town centre. 

The condition of the Category B listed Town Hall has deteriorated considerably over the years due to lack of investment.  The building is underused and does not meet the legislation on disabled access.

Identified as a key project for the Campbeltown THI, significant funding has already been ring fenced to refurbish the building; however, this funding can only be accessed if a sustainable new use can be identified.

An initial scoping study was completed in July 2010 that explored opportunities that exist for the future use of the Town Hall. This included undertaking a detailed review of the background to the project; review of the economic and social needs; review of the current provision and identification of potential options. An Options Appraisal Report was completed in August 2010.

Two local organisations (Campbeltown Community Council and South Kintyre Development Trust) are now working together to investigate the possibility of taking on the responsibility for the hall.  The group has applied for funding to secure a development worker whose main role will be to progress the project through the various stages, these include;

To identify and raise the additional funds to manage the transformation of how Campbeltown Town Hall is used and seen. The building will be owned and run by the community and must be self-sufficient in terms of overheads and running costs.

  • Engage with the whole community identifying what the community would use the refurbished building for and that any renovations reflect what the community wants and needs.
  • Restore and reinstate the historic, heritage and architecturally important outside of the building (funding is in place for the restoration works) and also transform the inside to suit a new forward looking role for the building serving the people of Campbeltown for another 100 years .

Argyll and Bute Council is working closely with the group to develop the project and every effort is being made to secure a sustainable solution for the building.