Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) was a hugely successful heritage-led regeneration project, which has substantially improved the gateway into the Isle of Bute, and has greatly enhanced the conservation area. As a partnership project of £2.6M, Rothesay THI's common fund was made up of funding from Heritage Lottery Fund (£1.5M), Argyll and Bute Council (£0.5M), Historic Environment Scotland (£0.5M) and LEADER (£98K). Through the offer of grant, the project supported property owners to:
- comprehensively restore 4 tenements;
- redevelop 1 gap site;
- substantially repair 10 shopfronts; and,
- make smaller scale repairs to a further 8 properties.
In addition, 4 construction jobs were created as a direct result of the project, and 2865 people were actively involved in a programme of complementary training and events, which sought to celebrate the unique qualities of Bute and to educate on the importance of traditional building materials and techniques.
Please see the work of the THI as a slideshow.
A new Townscape Heritage (TH2) project will run from 2017 to 2022.