Rothesay post office refurb nears completion

THI project officer Lorna Pearce reviews progress on the refurbishment of Rothesay Post Office with postmaster Richard Harding.
THI project officer Lorna Pearce reviews progress on the refurbishment of Rothesay Post Office with postmaster Richard Harding.

Improvements to Rothesay’s post office being carried out under the local Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) are nearing completion - and customers are already expressing their approval.

A new shop front is already in place looking out over the square, and work on the Albert Place facade is proceeding apace. The external works, complete with a bright red coat of (THI-approved) paint, should be completed in the next few weeks, and an internal refurbishment will follow towards the end of May.

Postmaster Richard Harding, when asked what the post office’s customers had said of the revamp, said: “Great. Wonderful. Much better. What an improvement. What a difference it’ll make to the town.

“The process has actually been quite straightforward - ZM [the architects] have been really good, and the contractors from George Hanson have been excellent.

“The internal space is a lot brighter and has had a great response from customers. Hopefully it’ll encourage other businesses to sign up to the THI.”

The work is being carried out with the help of a grant from the THI’s shop front improvement fund, part of the £2.6 million overall pot for the regeneration of key public spaces in the centre of Rothesay.

THI project officer Lorna Pearce added: “It can be hard to visualise from a two-dimensional drawing how a shop front could be made better, but the Post Office proves that if you take a comprehensive approach it can be vastly improved.”

* For more on the work of the Rothesay THI so far, pick up this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, April 18.