Businesses and homes have been saved, and new jobs created in Campbeltown with the completion of an ambitious £350,000 buildings restoration project.
Property owners and Argyll and Bute Council have worked together to secure funding and organise repairs that will keep 10-20 Longrow South home to a butcher, fishmonger and florist, and to six families’ flats.
In addition, a new business is being launched, following work to bring back into use two units, one of which had been vacant for 20 years, and the other closed since 2014 because of issues with the building.
A new restaurant opens this week in the newly converted single venue at 10-12 Longrow South, bringing with it five local jobs.
With support from the Council the owners of the properties formed an Owners Association to agree and arrange the repair and renovation work.
Sweeney McGeachy, chair of Owners Association said: “Several years ago we were faced with the prospect of works notices that could have threatened the future of our businesses and the homes above.
All owners worked together to safeguard the future of the building. The Council has supported us through the entire process and we are delighted with the end result.”
The project was financed by contributions from property owners, Private Sector Housing Grant and by funding successfully secured for Campbeltown by the Council through Historic Environment Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme. The internal conversion of two units into one at 10-12 Longrow South was funded privately by the owner and tenant.
The work involved repairs to the fabric of the building, including full re-roofing, leadwork and stonework.
Work was also done to replace the first floor decked area at the rear of the building, whose collapse in 2014 led to the closure of the café previously housed there.
The new deck provides a fully insulated, reinforced roof for the commercial units and a communal area for residents to use.
Councillor Aileen Morton, Policy Lead for Economic Development said:
“This fantastic project showcases what successful area regeneration is all about – supporting people and places with jobs, homes and business growth.
The hard work that has gone into making this happen is testament to the partnership between council services, Historic Environment Scotland and local community members.
Everyone involved should take a moment to feel proud of what has been achieved.
Results such as these – saving homes, local businesses and jobs, and creating new employment – underline what can be achieved through partnership. The Council is committed to developing Campbeltown as a great place to live, work and invest.”
The new restaurant at 10-12 Longrow South opens Friday 30 June 2017.