Mr Ross promised that the Pavilion would be well cared for during the works, as he also pledged a commitment to supporting the local community and economy throughout the build programme.
It’s been advised that the initial works will see the installation of a full wrapped scaffold to protect the building from the marine environment, enabling the construction team to work all season. In addition, a 35m roof cover will be installed to prevent any damage to the building from rainwater while works on the roof are undertaken.
This initial stage of works will also see the replacement of the roof, windows and the render with repairs being carried out to stonework. External works include the creation of an accessible entrance, hard and soft landscaping and the fit out of the existing caretakers building.
Robertson Construction Central West confirm that the first stage of the works will be completed by August, 2024.
Andy McLinden, regional managing director, Robertson Construction Central West, said: “We have been working closely with Argyll and Bute Council to make their aspirations for the Pavilion a reality. The Pavilion itself is not only significant in terms of its history and architecture, but also for the local community. It represents economic growth and opportunity, and our accepting of the keys today represents our commitment to the community that we are here to deliver on our promises.
“Community impact and social value is integral to what we do, and we look forward to becoming part of the local community as we assist Argyll and Bute in achieving part of its ambitious and forward-looking programme to assist regeneration and economic development in Rothesay as part of its plans for five of its waterfront towns.”
Local councillor, Liz McCabe added: “Transforming the Pavilion is about turning this fantastic building into a driver for Bute’s economy, and supporting day-to-day life on the island. Construction work resuming is great news. I am delighted to hand over the keys and get the next stage in the life of the Pavilion going.”