The next stage of the Dunoon CHORD project is well underway with the detailed design and planning phase of the £8.6 million Waterfront project starting work. This will see a major refurbishment and redevelopment of the Queen’s Hall, road realignment works, the creation of a new public space and an allocation to the ferry infrastructure improvement works. The plans will also see an extended Queen’s Hall building, upgraded library and learning provision, a new soft play area as well as main hall and stage improvements.
The design of the Waterfront project will be led by award winning architects, Malcolm Fraser. Director, Malcolm Fraser said, “We have considerable experience of working on projects for clients who are looking to re-invigorate and remodel buildings and appreciate the opportunities to deliver a project that is enjoyable to use and a success for its owners. We enjoy what we do as architects, designing good buildings and working closely with clients to help them achieve their aspiration and we are sure that our enthusiasm for our work will deliver a carefully crafted, bespoke design which will be a benefit to the local community and an attraction to visitors to the area.”
Chair of the Dunoon CHORD Project Board Councillor Dick Walsh said, “The overall project offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to enhance, expand and secure the future of the services proposed for the Queen’s Hall in an exciting and forward looking space. I am keen to see the project progress as quickly as possible and at the same time ensure that we make the most of available resources. The project is very much aimed at providing a facility which will provide a fantastic experience for residents and visitors to the hall and the immediate area and also act as a hub for Cowal as a whole in terms of driving forward and showcasing what the area has to offer. The potential inclusion of the Visitor Information Centre, Dunoon Library and a new soft play area on top of an improved hall space and cafe is an exciting combination of services which I believe will benefit Dunoon for years to come.”
Once the detailed design is complete, the project team, headed by Parsons Brinckerhoff, will submit the plans for permission and then tender for construction. The design team will continue to work closely with relevant partners and also consult and communicate with the people of Dunoon and Cowal as the detail of the plans are progressed over this year.
“It is very rewarding to see this project move a step closer to delivery”, explains Brenda Jones, Associate Director at Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Glasgow office. “This impressive £8.6 million Dunoon waterfront project will make a major contribution to the achievement of Argyll and Bute Council’s regeneration goals for its coastal towns. We are proud to be leading a team of talented multi-disciplinary specialists on the CHORD programme and look forward to contributing to the sustainable development of the area’s infrastructure.”
Further information and updates on the Dunoon CHORD plans will be made available in due course here http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/chord-project/dunoon-waterfront-project.