Asbestos removed from Rothesay Pavilion

A decontamination shower used by specialist contractors during the removal of asbestos from within Rothesay Pavilion.
A decontamination shower used by specialist contractors during the removal of asbestos from within Rothesay Pavilion.

The first stage of refurbishment work at Rothesay Pavilion has been completed with the removal of harmful asbestos from the property.

Specialist contractors moved on to the site late last month and sealed off the building before starting work on removing the material, used to insulate the structure when it was being built in the 1930s.

A contract for the first phase of the main building work is to be tendered shortly, with ‘advanced works’ beginning in April and lasting for around three months; the main contract for the rest of the work will be tendered later in the summer.

We revealed in December that the estimated cost of the Pavilion’s regeneration had jumped by around £1.9 million as a result of detailed inspections carried out following the building’s closure to the public.

However, Argyll and Bute Council decided last week to plug that gap with the allocation of a further £1.9m from its capital spending plan to the Pavilion project.

The authority is, however, still hoping to attract other sources of external funding for the work, thus freeing up its already limited resources for use elsewhere.