With less than two months to go until the doors of Rothesay Pavilion are closed to the public at the start of the buiding’s renovation, at a cost of more than £8 million, here are ten ‘key facts’ about what is happening now and what will be taking place over the next few weeks and months.
1. The work taking place now is vital repairs to stabilise the stonework until the redevelopment proper commences next year.
2. The building is due to close at the end of September 2015, major works will begin in the new year and the new-look Pavilion is scheduled to reopen in late summer 2017.
3 The building redevelopment project is being managed by Peter McDonald on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council.
4. When the redevelopment is complete the Pavilion will be programmed, managed and operated by Rothesay Pavilion Charity, leased from Argyll and Bute Council.
5. The Rothesay Pavilion Charity will shortly appoint a chief executive and artistic director who will be responsible for managing the Pavilion.
6. The Rothesay Pavilion Charity will present a series of events, shows and projects while the building is closed. These will be managed by Stuart Thomas.
7. The many groups and organisations who currently use the Pavilion will all be encouraged to return to make use of the improved facilities.This includes indoor football!
8. The Rothesay Pavilion Charity will be working with Argyll and Bute Council to present a Closing Weekend Festival from September 24 to 27, 2015.
9. Peter McDonald and Stuart Thomas will be based in the Pavilion every Wednesday morning from now until the building closes, if anyone wishes to meet.
10. The best way to stay informed about the project as it progresses is to ‘Like’ the Rothesay Pavilion Charity page on Facebook and to follow @rothesaypavilio (note, there’s no N at the end!) on Twitter.