Fifty-six grants totalling £1.9 million have been offered under Rothesay’s Townscape Heritage Initiative in the first 34 months of the scheme.
The figures were contained in an update on the project issued by Argyll and Bute Council following the start of work on the Guildford Court apartments in the Watergate, reported here on January 10.
The grants awarded or offered so far have resulted in work to 17 town centre properties and sites - four large-scale tenement refurbishments, six smaller comprehensive repair projects, six shop-front refurbishments and the development of the notorious Guildford Square gap site.
The Guildford Court work will see the property benefit from slated roof works, lead work, chimney repairs, stone-works (including paint stripping), lime pointing, replacement or repair of the cast iron rainwater systems, associated timber repairs and rot works, decoration of the cast iron goods and windows and a new front door, with the reinstatement of the original canopy.
This follows on from the work on 21-27 Montague Street, which started in August 2013 and is expected to be completed by the end of February, and the project at 11-13 Montague Street, which got under way in October 2013.
These projects will see the comprehensive structural repair of the buildings and the renewal of stonework, roofs and rainwater systems as well as the replacement of the windows with timber framed slim-line double glazed windows.
The gables on those two buildings face on to the gap site at 15-19 Montague Street, and will require some work to prepare for the development of a retail unit with two floors of flats above on the vacant site.
The council’s THI update states: “This new building will also have timber sash and case double glazed windows, in line with the character and appearance of the rest of the town centre.”
Four shop-front enhancements have restored the traditional appearance of Rothesay Post Office, Buckeridge Installations, Middleton’s Sandwich Bar and the Bute Dental Surgery, with a further six projects planned for 2014 at Oxfam, Bute Pet Supplies, the Sea Dragon, Fraser Gillies, Maison Gina and Café Zavaroni.
Twelve of the contracts awarded so far have gone to island firms, with another three to Argyll-based contractors and one to a company based in Glasgow.
The project runs until March 2016; further information is available from the Rothesay THI website.