Work to transform Lochgilphead’s Front Green into a community and recreation space will start in June with the contract awarded to Hawthorn Heights Ltd.
The development includes:
- A new play park
- A new public square
- Increased seating
- Improved cycling and walking facilities
- Enhanced drainage and land raising
Councillor Alastair Redman, Policy Lead for Business, Regeneration and Commercial Development:
“Creating outdoor recreation spaces not only brings benefits to our community but also to visitors and local businesses. It’s great to see this long term community aspiration become a reality “
Following public consultations, the design proposals received planning permission in November 2019 with a minor amendment to approval approved in January 2021.
All the elements of the original proposal remain although the scale of the development has reduced to deliver the project on budget within the timescale.
Detailed plans of the proposed development can be viewed on the council’s website.
The Front Green is the latest regeneration project in Lochgilphead designed to create a safe and more attractive environment whilst supporting local businesses.
It follows recent improvements to Colchester Square and Argyll Street increasing pedestrian space, cycle parking and pavement surfacing.
Work is expected to start in June and continue throughout the year. The Front Green is expected to be closed to the public during this period and to reopen early in 2022.
The project is funded by Argyll and Bute Council’s Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund, The Scottish Government’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes Fund (CWSR) Fund, HITRANS and Transport Scotland’s Spaces for People fund managed by Sustrans and administered by the council, Lochgilphead Phoenix Project and the Co-operative Local Community Fund.