Capital funding boost for Rothesay Pavilion revamp

Contractors have placed a protective cover over Rothesay Pavilion's sprung dance floor to save it from impacts and stresses during the building work.
Contractors have placed a protective cover over Rothesay Pavilion's sprung dance floor to save it from impacts and stresses during the building work.

The renovation of Rothesay Pavilion has received a fresh financial boost in the form of an additional £1.9 million allocated from Argyll and Bute Council’s capital plan.

The sum will be used to plug the gap created by an increase in the projected cost of the regeneration from £9m to almost £11m, after inspections of the building following its closure to the public in September 2015 revealed it was in a much worse condition than previously thought.

The funding will come from the block allocation to the council’s community services department for 2019-20.

The extra Pavilion cash is one of several revisions to the council’s capital plan which were approved at the authority’s annual budget meeting this week.

But a report on the subject states: “It is hoped that external funding can be identified and the budget can be reduced as additional funding is identified.”

Local councillor Robert Macintyre said: “The additional funding for the Pavilion in the capital plan is very welcome news.”

The programme of work on the building has been split into two parts after the £1.9m funding gap was revealed in December; a contract for ‘advance works’ is expected to be awarded soon, with the work (including the removal of all ceilings, redundant mechanical and electrical systems, and survey and repair of the building’s reinforced concrete frame) due to be completed by the summer ahead of the letting of the main contract.

The Pavilion regeneration project has already attracted investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Historic Scotland and grant funds administered by the Scottish and UK governments, as well as from the council itself through its CHORD programme, set up to breathe new life into Argyll and Bute’s five largest towns (Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon).