Heritage Lottery Fund backs regeneration of Rothesay Pavilion

The regeneration of Rothesay Pavilion has received initial support* for a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid of £2.7m, including development funding of £103,100.

We have successfully project managed the development to date, carried out community consultation, developed a Business Case and wrote the application to the HLF on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council.

This impressive site is one the most important examples of a Modern Movement building in the UK; it is located in an old Scottish seaside town, an area now in need of sustainable and far-reaching regeneration.  The Grade A listed Pavilion once attracted countless holidaymakers and was at the heart of this vibrant, bustling seaside destination.  Its current state of neglect illustrates and contributes to the wider decline of the area as tourists sought out sunnier climes for their holiday and the local economy suffered terribly.

The Pavilions’s successful reuse has huge potential for the local area. The HLF’s support for the project illustrates the projects viability and its potential to provide the local community with new facilities, opportunities and activities.  This endorsement now means the local project can progress with further fundraising, development of a creative strategy and setting up a new charity that will run the site when the project is complete in early 2016. The Pavilion project will create a nationally significant cultural centre and visitor attraction in the heart of Rothesay that will transform the seafront and have a major economic impact on the town.

Robert MacIntyre, the Chair of the Rothesay CHORD Project Board, said: “This good news from the Heritage Lottery Fund means that we have now identified over 50% of the funding required to support this important project for Rothesay.  We can now look forward to real progress in the coming two years and work is due to begin at the end of 2014”.

Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “This wonderful 1930’s Pavilion is evocative of Rothesay’s heyday as a thriving tourist resort. Its resurgence as a cultural venue for the community would not only save an important piece of the Bute’s heritage but would have a positive impact on the regeneration of the town as a whole. HLF is delighted to give its support at this stage and we look forward to seeing how the plans develop.”

PRT’s Chief Executive, Ros Kerslake said: “It is brilliant news for this nationally important project. It is huge boost and allows us to really gain momentum in successfully restoring and reusing this fascinating building. We look forward to working closely with local residents and our project partners to create a mixed use space that will unlock the area’s huge potential for growth and rightly celebrate its wonderful heritage as a popular Scottish seaside resort.”

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Rothesay Pavillion Press Statement