Short-term structural repairs to ensure public safety have begun at Rothesay Pavilion.
Local contractor George Hanson Ltd began work last week on the external fabric of the building, with a particular focus on the north-west elevation at the corner of Argyle Street and Mackinlay Street.
The work is expected to last for around six weeks and will use around a third of the pot of more than £300,000 made available last October by the building’s owners, Argyll and Bute Council, for essential repairs.
The current work is focussed on the northern (Mackinlay Street) elevation of the building and the northern end of the frontage on Argyle Street.
The council said in a statement: “These areas are exposed to the weather on the seafront and, as such, rain and salt spray have entered open joints and cracks in the cast stone.
“This has caused some of the reinforcing bars to expand and burst the stone facings making these areas of the building unstable, as well as causing a danger to passing members of the public. The unsafe cast stone panels and copes will be taken down and set aside.”
The rest of that £300,000-plus pot will be spent carrying out repairs as part of the main regeneration work on the building, due to start in January 2016 after the building closes in September of this year.
This summer’s essential repair work, and the wider redevelopment project, will be overseen by the council’s new Pavilion project manager, Peter McDonald, who spent 17 years working at a senior level with Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes and was more recently employed as a development officer within the council’s ‘projects and renewables’ division.