Positive response to Oban Bay Waterfront information event

Published Date: 

10 Dec 2013 - 15:57

Oban Bay regeneration takes another step forward as members of the public respond positively to concept design proposals

The event was extended until Saturday 7th December due to high levels of public interest

Around 200 people from the Oban community attended the Public Realm Design Concept Development Exhibition which showed the early design proposals for the regeneration of Oban Bay.

The event allowed members of the public to come along, view the designs, make comments and ask questions. These observations, plus the returned questionnaires, will be passed on to the design team, Capita and Oberlanders architects. The results will be discussed at the next design review meeting in December.

The waterfront, which stretches from Station Square to Stafford Street and North Pier, will be enhanced under Argyll and Bute Council’s multi-million pound CHORD regeneration project.

The concept design ideas included the pedestrianisation proposals for Stafford Street; provision of more space for pedestrians along the waterfront, with the introduction of cantilevered boardwalks; introduction of shared surfaces and other infrastructure to enable better use of the waterfront for annual events and the development of the Seafood Capital concept; integration of local art and structural maritime planting into the enhancement scheme; potential for more weather protection and the enhancement of maritime visitor facilities on the North Pier.    

Policy Lead for Infrastructure, Councillor Ellen Morton, said, ‘’The regeneration of the waterfront is an important part of our investment in Oban. The regeneration project is about improving the area for residents and helping the local economy by providing another reason for people to come to Oban and for them to stay longer.’’

‘’The waterfront is a key focal point for the town and it is exciting to look to its future redevelopment.’’