regeneration and investment | Dunoon
total investment in dunoon since 2010
major investment in dunoon
The £8.5m investment in and around the Queens Hall is part of the council's overall strategy to make the most of Dunoon waterfront's significant development opportunities.
The renovated Queens Hall, coupled with a major road realignment and public realm improvements, will make the waterfront an attractive, vibrant and contemporary space for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Dunoon Burgh Hall is an important 19th Century civic building which occupies a key position on the main street of the Dunoon.
Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust (DBHT), which led the £2m redevelopment project completed in 2016 , believes that the creation of an improved cultural facility supports broader access to the arts, culture and film for the local community and visitors alike, supporting the re-invigoration of the town centre.
Dunoon Timber pier
Argyll and Bute Council invested £2.8 million into the structural repair and refurbishment of key elements of Dunoon’s iconic Victorian-era wooden pier completed in 2016.
The works to restore the pier buildings were co-funded by the Scottish Government / Local Authorities Joint Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.
Dunoon gate lodge
The Gate Lodge at the bottom of Castle Hill in Dunoon is a Grade B listed building which is currently on Historic Environment Scotland’s buildings at risk register. Although the building has been the subject of exterior repairs over the years (this is a legal requirement of it’s Listed status), it’s interior is completely derelict with no partition walls, floor or even utilities connections and so has not been able to be used to its full potential.
The Gate Lodge sits in a prominent location opposite the passenger ferry, within the Conservation Area and at the base of Dunoon’s medieval castle which is also a scheduled monument. It is in council ownership and given the listed status and prominent location the focus is on restoring and finding a new use for it.
The ongoing works are part of the next phase of rescuing the building and bringing the vacant building back into use. Part 1 in 2018 was the consolidation and saving of the existing structure from dilapidation at a cost of £160,000. Part 2 which started in May 2022 consists of shell works to reinstate the finishes including windows, doors and new internal floor. A fit out contract scheduled in late 2022 will install internal finishes, utilities and fittings to finally allow the building to be occupied for the first time in over 20 years. Alongside this, a further contract will be issued for landscaping works around the Gate Lodge, within Castle Gardens to improve the buildings setting and accessibility. Part 2 works have been funded by the Crown Estates and Place Based Investment totalling £584,000.
The ambition is to provide a sustainable end use for the gate lodge that has a public and local emphasis. This extends to the use of traditional building materials which have been selected to work with the mass masonry wall construction in terms of their vapour permeability, breathability, environment credentials and reduced carbon footprint to promote the long term health of the building. We are using materials such as lime mortar to repoint the exterior stonework, clay board instead of plasterboard for the interior ceilings, insulated lime plaster for the walls and a limecrete floor with recycled glass for insulation. All of these materials will allow the building to function properly whilst having a much lower carbon footprint than more modern materials.
The Dunoon Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)
The Dunoon Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is a jointly funded grant programme focusing on the regeneration of historical buildings as well as traditional skills training and community engagement. Dunoon CARS is jointly funded by Historic Environment Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council.
Argyll and Bute Council have recognised a need for greater economic development and regeneration activities within Dunoon. The Dunoon CARS complements all of the prior investment and link all of the regeneration activity within the town.
Find out how to apply for grants in Dunoon
Dunoon CARS Shopfronts
In Dunoon, we have invested in a total of 23 shops, of these, 16 projects have been completed. These include, The Beauty Box, Girards, Bookpoint, among many others.
SHOPFRONT IMPROVEMENT GRANT SCHEME
THE PRIORITY BUILDINGS WITHIN DUNOON CARS PROJECT
OTHER INVESTMENT PROJECTS IN DUNOON
For advice, please contact the Dunoon CARS Project Officer:
Claire Hallybone, Transformation, Projects and Regeneration Team
Phone: 01369 707121