New cash boost for Rothesay Pavilion project

Nick Merriman chairs the Rothesay Pavilion Charity.
Nick Merriman chairs the Rothesay Pavilion Charity.

The regeneration of Rothesay Pavilion has received a further boost in the form of an award of £100,000 from a major Scottish charity.

The Robertson Trust’s award is one of the final pieces in the financial jigsaw for the refurbishment of the famous building, which will close this autumn for the start of renovation work which will last until the summer of 2017.

Nick Merriman, chair of the Rothesay Pavilion Charity, which will run the building when the refurbishment is completed, said: “We are making real progress towards raising all of the funds needed now.”

Established in 1961 by sisters Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel Robertson, the Robertson Trust makes donations to a wide range of charitable projects across Scotland. It is also the owner of Edrington, the company behind four world-famous Scotch whisky brands - The Famous Grouse, The Macallan, Highland Park and Cutty Sark.

The Pavilion project has already attracted support of £3.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £750,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, £625,000 from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grants Fund, £600,000 from the UK government’s Coastal Communities Fund and £500,000 from Historic Scotland, as well as £1.8 million from the Pavilion’s owners, Argyll and Bute Council, as part of its CHORD waterfront renewal project.

Meanwhile, members of Argyll and Bute Council are to be asked to sign off the full business case for the Pavilion project when they meet in Lochgilphead on Thursday, April 23.

* Read Nick Merriman’s latest Rothesay Pavilion update in full in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, April 23.