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regeneration and investment | Campbeltown

campbeltown town centre regeneration
economic assessment

August 2021 – Produced by Stantec on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council

total investment in Campbeltown

Projects Completed
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Total Investment Spent to Date
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A combination of community-led regeneration and a multimillion pound renovation project have produced a thriving town centre, and Campbeltown is becoming an increasingly attractive place to live, work and invest.

major investment in Campbeltown

Cambeltown Town Hall

Campbeltown Town Hall

Facing an uncertain future Campbeltown’s iconic Town Hall was transferred to community ownership in 2014 – Argyll’s first major asset transfer. Over the course of six years, Argyll and Bute Council worked in partnership with the new owners South Kintyre Development Trust to secure over £2 million to fully repair and refurbish the building (internally and externally) creating a multi-purpose community facility. The building continues to be well used for a range of events and functions including; weddings, ceilidh's, coffee mornings and meetings.

Campbeltown Picture House

Campbeltown Picture House

In 2017 Campbeltown Community Business completed the £3 million ‘Centenary Project’ to renovate and modernise Campbeltown Picture House. Highlights include the restoration of the main auditorium to its former glory, installing modern heating, ventilation and seating, refurbishing the art nouveau frontage of the building, converting an adjacent building into a new foyer and café and building a second auditorium. Campbeltown Picture House is now run as a charity employing several full time staff and managed by a volunteer board of governors.

aqualibrium campbeltown

Aqualibrium (Leisure Centre)

The Aqualibrium Leisure Centre and library is situated on Kinloch Green in Campbeltown and offers spectacular views of Campbeltown Bay. Facilities include; swimming pool, gym, fitness class studio, library and conference room. Opened in 2006 at a cost of £7 million this project heralded the start of significant investment in Campbeltown town centre.

Campbeltown Marina

Campbeltown Marina

In 2015 Argyll and Bute Council completed a £1.5 million upgrade of Campbeltown Marina. Extensive works were carried out, including; the creation of a new marina, a new access bridge from the Quay, new pontoons and new on-shore facilities including toilets and showers. The new facilities have improved the tourism offer for both Campbeltown and the wider Kintyre area and have provided a boost to the local economy.

tanker ship at campbeltown harbour

Campbeltown Infrastructure Improvements

In 2013 Argyll and Bute Council completed a £12m pound infrastructure investment in the Campbeltown / Machrihanish National Renewables Infrastructure Plan site. Campbeltown is one of few lee ports on the west coast offering a secure harbour with 9m dredged depth and easy access to Machrihanish where extensive areas of secure hard standing are available. Machrihanish is the location of wind turbine tower manufacturing facility that once employed c. 135 staff. The works included; major upgrade to the New Quay, creation of a new gateway road (Aqualibirum Avenue), resurfacing of the road networks, power lines redirected below road surface, passing places installed on the A83, infill to the inner harbour and work to the Old Pier. A number of industries have benefited from this project including; renewables, timber transporting, marine aquaculture and cruise ships.

Royal Hotel, Campbeltown

The Royal Hotel

Following an extensive renovation project by the Kintyre Development Company (KDC), the highly prominent Royal Hotel was brought back into use in 2012, creating 23 four-star bedrooms, a pub and a seafood restaurant. The total project cost of over £3 million was met by; KDC, European funding and a grant from the Campbeltown THI.

From 2007 to 2021 Argyll and Bute Council delivered an extensive programme of heritage led regeneration in Campbeltown town centre.  The £10million programme included two Conservation Area Regeneration Schemes (CARS) and the Campbeltown Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

157 grants were awarded leading to the repair and conservation of over 40 buildings including Campbeltown Town Hall, Campbeltown Backpackers Hostel and 11 prominent tenement buildings.


Between 2019 and 2024 the Campbeltown Shopfront Improvement Scheme has awarded over 70 grants to local businesses to support repairs and improvements to their shopfronts., helping 10 new businesses to open and bringing 12 vacant units back into use. The scheme has been delivered in six phases with grant funding from the Town Centre Fund, Argyll and Bute Council, the Local Authority COVID Economic Recovery Grant and the Place Based Investment Programme.  Some of the new shopfronts are displayed below:

Harlequin Tearoom
Coorie Doon
The Treehouse
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Between 2011 and 2020, 14 priority building projects were delivered via Campbeltown CARS and THI.  Here are some examples.

22-30 Main Street / 2-8 Longrow South
£600,000 tenement repair project involving 13 flats and 8 shops. Helped bring a number of vacant units back into use. Winner of the Best Collaborative Project at the Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Awards 2019.
50-52 Main Street / 2 Cross Street
This complex project was delivered by MacLeod Construction Ltd with grant support from Argyll and Bute Council and Campbeltown THI. The project brought a vacant B-listed 18th century tenement back to life.
Campbeltown Backpackers Hostel
Following six years of repair and conservation work led by the Kintyre Amenity Trust, the former Old Schoolhouse building was brought back into use as a backpackers hostel.
10-20 Longrow South
An extensive tenement repair project at 10-20 Longrow South was completed in 2016 saving local businesses and family homes. Works included a replacement rear amenity deck.
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All Weather Pitch
Argyll and Bute Council secured funds to for this new facility in 2012.
Affordable Housing
Argyll Community Housing Association’s (ACHA) £5.2 million regeneration project provides 32 affordable homes in Campbeltown town centre.
Amenity Decking Project
Argyll and Bute Council delivered this complex project via Campbeltown CARS in 2018. Replacing the failing amenity deck has helped safeguard the continued use of 21 flats and 9 commercial units.
Public Realm Improvements
In 2012 Argyll and Bute Council completed significant public realm improvements in Campbeltown. Works included; new footways, street furniture, upgrade to the bus terminus and new flower beds and planting of shrubs.
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For advice or information on the Campbeltown CARS Project or Public Realm Works, please contact:

James Lafferty, Project Officer, Transformation, Projects and Regeneration Team

Phone: 01586 559049


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