Lochgilphead Front Green

TLochgilphead Front Greenhe Lochgilphead Front Green is an important public space within the heart of Lochgilphead. 

It has been a long term aspiration of the residents of Lochgilphead to see the Front Green used more by people for community events and for general recreation and enjoyment. 

Following public consultations throughout 2019, we listened to feedback and are working with the local community to deliver the following priorities:

  • A new play park
  • A new public square where community events can take place constructed from the same local stone as the resurfacing to Argyll Street
  • Drainage to help surface water drain away and ease the impact of flooding
  • Landscaping which will retain the majority of the site as natural grass, retain the avenue of trees along Poltalloch Street by retaining healthy trees and replacing damaged trees with a more salt tolerant species and include additional trees and shrubs    
  • More seating including an approximately 200m long seating wall running parallel to the seawall
  • Walking and cycling facilities

Front Green Plan

The plan above shows the changes planned for Lochgilphead Front Green. To download a PDF copy of this plan please click here.

Delivering the project will require:

* 950m2 stone paving * 3,800m2 new grass turf * 350 new plants and trees * 10 play equipment pieces * 350m2 safety play surfacing * 600m of drainage channels and pipes * nearly 200m of seating wall *

The new play area will contain a mix of formal play equipment and natural play opportunities including:

  • Pyramid Tower with Curved Stainless Steel Tube Slide;
  • Climbing Structure with Climbing Net and Rope Line;
  • Twin Swing;
  • Double Hammock Seat Swing;
  • Play House on Stilts;
  • Platform Play Hut with Wide Stainless Steel Slide;
  • Natural play boulders;
  • Climbing logs;
  • Climbing poles; and
  • A circle of timber seating cubes.

The equipment will sit on a mix of safety surface and grass mounds, you can download details of the equipment here (PDF, 2MB).

Programme of works

We have appointed contractors, Hawthorne Heights Ltd to carry out the work which started on 31st May 2021 and is set to continue throughout the rest of the year until January 2022.

Work to improve the Front Green involves substantial engineering that includes removing soil from a large part of the site, installing the new seating wall and the new drainage which will help to make the site more usable. Once this is complete, the new stone sets which will form the public square and other hard and soft landscaping works will need to be completed. The new play equipment and surrounding safety surface will be installed and finally the electrical works will be completed and the new street furniture installed.

The site is in an exposed, coastal location and these works have therefore been planned to be undertaken during the summer so that the land raising works can be completed before the autumn and winter storms arrive.

Closure of the Front Green - 31st May 2021 to January 2022

Due to the scale and nature of the works, it is necessary to close the Front Green. This is the only safe way to deliver the works while protecting our contractors and the public.

During construction works, the bus shelter will remain unaffected and services will operate as normal. The public toilets will remain open. It will be necessary to close part of the pavement at certain points to enable works to be completed, the dates for this work are still to be confirmed.

Please remember that construction sites are dangerous places and should not be entered by members of the public. Alternative play facilities are available at High Bank Park, Meadows Crescent, Burns Brae and Ross Crescent. Recreation facilities are also available at Ropeworks Park, Campbell Street, the Mid Argyll Sports Centre and Blarbuie Woodlands.

Closure plan

Planned worksDates for undertakingStatus
Site Set Up & EstablishmentMay – JuneComplete
Site Preparation WorksJune – July Commenced
Drainage WorksJune – July Commenced 
Services WorksJuly – November  
Roads, paths and pavingJuly – November  
Pre Cast Concrete Wall WorksJuly – August  
Landscaping & General WorksJuly – November  
Equipment & Safety Surfacing WorksJuly – November  
Railing WorksOctober – November  
Bespoke Screen and associated worksNovember – January  
Electrical InstallationSeptember – December 
Handover and completionJanuary 

See some examples of similar projects in the photos below:

Pyramid slide Seating wall Climbing logs Paving

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 or community engagement meeting please contact:


Anna Watkiss - email anna.watkiss@argyll-bute.gov.uk or telephone 01546 604344.

Progress reports 

21 June 2021 - site preparation works are continuing on site with the new drainage starting to be set out. Drainage and land raising activities are expected to be the focus of activities over the next couple of months. Slides from the Meet the Contractor public meeting held on 16 June 2021 can be access here (PDF, 2MB). 

Works June 2021 Plant June 2021

9 June 2021 - works are progressing on site with old play equipment and street furniture being removed, some of which will return later in the project as part of the finished scheme. A Meet the Contractor event is planned for 16th June so if you want to hear more about the project or have questions to ask please join this online meeting.

1 June 2021 - contractors are on site! Work started on the site set up stage on Monday 31 May, it is expected that this will take around a week to complete.

10 May 2021 - work expected to begin on site 31 May 2021.

 

Public consultation

There were three public consultation events held between March 2019 and August 2019. These we well attended with hundreds of people coming along to give their views on the project and which aspects they liked or didn't like. The information provided helped to shape the final design which seeks to deliver many of the key elements which the local community said were important to them. The final event in August 2019 presented the developed design and asked for comments on this, you can view the report into the final consultation hereYou can see a summary of what people said at the second event and online here and if you’re interested in seeing what people said in response to the first consultation please follow this link. (8mb PDF).

Following the public consultation period, a planning application was submitted and the community had a further opportunity to comment on the designs put forward:

  • 19/02018/PP | Environmental enhancements including formation of new play area, area of hard-standing, picnic area, shelter, tree planting, path enhancements, raised levels and seating wall 
  • 19/02040/TPO | Proposed lopping and felling of trees
  • 20/02253/NMA | Non Material Amendment to Planning Permission 19/02018/PP (Environmental enhancements including formation of new play area, area of hard-standing, picnic area, shelter, tree planting, path enhancements, raised levels and seating wall) Amendment to the design

Our funders

The project is funded by Argyll and Bute Council’s Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund, The Scottish Government’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes (CWSR) and Town Centre Funds, Lochgilphead Phoenix Project and the Co-operative Local Community Fund.

Colchester Square and Argyll Street 

The works to Colchester Square and Argyll Street are nearly complete, see our Lochgilphead public realm works page for further information.

 

Lochgilphead Front GreenContact details

Anna Watkiss
Transformation Projects and Regeneration Senior Development Officer
Argyll and Bute Council
Whitegates Office
Lochgilphead
Email: Anna.Watkiss@argyll-bute.gov.uk
Phone: 01546 604344