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Competition: Rothesay and Dunoon renewal framework

Argyll Street, Dunoon
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Argyll and Bute Council is recruiting conservation architects for a new framework to deliver townscape improvements across Rothesay and Dunoon

Teams chosen for the framework will overhaul a series of dilapidated buildings as part of two grant programmes available to local landowners, known as the Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and Dunoon Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

Rothesay buildings earmarked for renewal include four tenements and eight shopfronts on Victoria and Montague Streets along with a Category A-listed structure in the winter gardens. The programme also identifies four tenements and eight shop fronts on Dunoon’s Argyll Street (pictured). The project, planned to complete in 2022, may see the architects team up with each site’s respective owners to deliver upgrades.

According to the brief: ‘The Rothesay THI and Dunoon CARS schemes seek to revitalise key buildings within specific sections of both towns by offering grants to property owners to assist with the cost of making structural and external repairs to their historic buildings and shopfronts.

‘Argyll and Bute Council wish to assist property owners by setting up a framework, which will allow property owners as well as the council if required, to appoint a conservation accredited professional to act as their agent, to assist them with repairing their building and drawing down of grant from Rothesay TH or Dunoon CARS.’

Rothesay is a seaside resort overlooking the Firth of Clyde and the main settlement on the Island of Bute. The town is centred around the 13th-century Rothesay Castle and features a large number of Victorian buildings along with the Art Deco Rothesay Pavilion, which is being restored separately.

Dunoon is the main settlement on the Cowal peninsula in the south of Argyll and Bute. The town grew as a tourist destination in the 19th century and later hosted a US Naval garrison during the second half of the 20th century.

The Rothesay THI is expected to see close to £2 million invested in upgrading buildings in need of urgent restoration while the Dunoon CARS could see a further £1 million spent.

Interested bidders must demonstrate an average annual turnover of £180,000 over the past two years. Employer’s liability insurance of £5 million, public liability insurance cover of £5 million and professional indemnity insurance worth £5 million will also be required.

The deadline for applications is midday, 23 October.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Argyll and Bute Council
PA31 8RT

Tel: +44 1546604239
Email: elaine.appleby@argyll-bute.gov.uk


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