Rothesay gap site work hailed by Buteman readers

Work by local firm George Hanson Building Contractors on filling a former gap site in Rothesay's Guildford Square has been widely welcomed in the community.
Work by local firm George Hanson Building Contractors on filling a former gap site in Rothesay's Guildford Square has been widely welcomed in the community.

Praise for the team behind the brand new building in a former gap site in the centre of Rothesay has continued to pour in to The Buteman this week.

In addition to the many positive comments on our Facebook page since Friday, when we uploaded a picture of the new Guildford Square building after the scaffolding around the structure was taken down, readers have also written in to the letters page of our December 12 issue to welcome the work.

Local firm George Hanson Building Contractors purchased the site last year, quarter of a century after the demolition of the last building to occupy the land, and started work in September 2013.

In this week’s letters page Jim Lucas, who previously owned Bute Pet Supplies, which was situated next to the site, said: “The town owes a big thanks to George Hanson and his workforce for a great looking new building.”

And Bute community councillor Iain Gillespie added, in his own letter: Iain Gillespie, “After suffering from the decrepit sight of the former ‘Gates of Hell’ in Guildford Square for decades it was a very welcoming sight when the new building was revealed. A very big well done to all concerned.”

Read more of our readers’ views on the new building in the December 12 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.