Trust ap­points pro­ject man­ager

The Oban Times - - News -

A PRO­JECT de­vel­op­ment con­sul­tant has been ap­pointed by Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust (OCT) to take plans for The Rock­field Cen­tre for­ward to the next stage.

An­drew Pinker­ton, a re­tired ar­chi­tect from Ayr­shire, has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in com­mu­nity pro­ject de­vel­op­ment, most re­cently with the suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment of The At­lantic Is­lands Cen­tre at Cul­lipool on Lu­ing.

Mr Pinker­ton has fi­nalised a briefing doc­u­ment to progress the pro­cure­ment of a de­sign team for Oban’s new cen­tre.

Mr Pinker­ton is up­dat­ing the OCT busi­ness plan and for­mu­lat­ing a timetable of po­ten­tial fund­ing.

Gor­don McNab, chair­man of OCT said: ‘We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to wel­come An­drew on­board through the award of fund­ing from the Ar­chi­tec­tural Her­itage Fund and High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise.

‘An­drew’s ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with com­mu­nity pro­ject de­vel­op­ments is in­valu­able and al­lows us to progress our vi­sion and take an­other step closer to open­ing the doors at the Rock­field Cen­tre.’

Mr Pinker­ton said he was hugely ex­cited at the po­ten­tial The Rock­field Cen­tre of­fered.

He said: ‘ Al­ready the use of the huts is show­ing the de­mand there is from the com­mu­nity for the cen­tre.

‘I was re­ally im­pressed with the turn out for the first AGM, and the feed­back and en­thu­si­asm shown by ev­ery­one for the plans.

‘This level of sup­port and cur­rent use will un­doubt­edly help with our fu­ture fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.’

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