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Hermitage park


The Hermitage Park project has been awarded £3.3M grant from the Heritage lottery Fund, Parks for People to carry out plans to regenerate the only urban park in Argyll & Bute. A new pavilion has been built and historic features such as the A-listed war memorial, Japanese garden and wishing well have been restored. The children’s play area has been moved and upgraded. The park’s heritage, which includes the remains of Millings Mill which led to the founding of the town, will be celebrated with activities and events. Guided walks, storytelling, heritage trails and a demonstration garden will also encourage more visitors through the gates.

helensburgh waterfront development plan

Helensburgh waterfront develoment

The Helensburgh Waterfront Development project is all about creating a vibrant and attractive waterfront for the town. The main feature of the project will be a new leisure facility incorporating a swimming pool, with associated parking and public realm to meet the needs of the local community and attract day visitors to the town. At the same time the flood defences will be increased to address current flooding issues in the area. The new leisure facilities will be run on behalf of the council by the newly formed trust LiveArgyll.

Helensburgh waterfront

Helensburgh town centre and west bay regeneration

The projects redeveloped the West Bay Esplanade between Colquhoun Square and William Street, linking it to the town centre to create an environment suitable for leisure strolling with a string of “event points” along the shore and for much better access by customers to the many and varied local shops, restaurants, cafes and bars on West Clyde Street. The Esplanade will be redesigned by urban designers in consultation with the community to provide a more exciting experience and to enhance the town centre environment.

Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre

Helensburgh Civic Centre

Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, formerly East Clyde Street School, was designed by architect Alexander Nisbet Paterson and constructed in 1903. The architectural quality and style of the school building reflects the prosperity of late Victorian Helensburgh. A recently completed transformation of this building where a large new modern extension was added, has provided Helensburgh and Lomond with stunning new Council offices combining old with new; retaining many original features which have been tastefully restored.


Helensburgh Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is a heritage-led regeneration project that offers grant funding to property owners to assist with the repair of their historic buildings within the designated grant area.


Find out how to apply for grants in Helensburgh

Helensburgh projects progress

Hermitage Park
Helensburgh Waterfront Development


For advice or information on the Helensburgh CARS Project or Public Realm Works, please contact:

Dianne Richardson, Project Officer, Transformation, Projects and Regeneration Team

Phone: 01436 657 683


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