The cost and timescale for the refurbishment of Rothesay Pavilion were outlined at a public meeting in the famous building on Saturday.
Some 60 members of the public heard Nick Merriman, the chair of the charity which will run the building if and when it is refurbished, and Argyll and Bute Council’s Pavilion project officer Peter McDonald explain the present status of the regeneration project and the plans for the next few months and years which, it is hoped, will culminate in the repaired and revamped Pavilion opening to the public in June 2017 following a 21-month closure and the spending of some £7.7 million.
Their presentation was followed by a Q&A session in which members of the public asked about contingency plans for the project, the conflict between arts and sport, the present funding position for the project, the relationship between the Pavilion and the rest of the island, partnerships with arts and culture organisations and the future sustainability of the building, among many other topics.
The meeting was followed by guided tours of the Pavilion taking in parts of the building that the public rarely, if ever, get to see.
“The future of the Pavilion is as a facility for both visitors and the local community,” Mr Merriman said.
“Over the course of the year the building is under-used, but the island gets 200,000 visitors a year, and if we’re going to expand and secure the economic future of the Pavilion and the island, tourism is the best way of doing that.”
* More detail on the Pavilion project in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, April 10.