ROTHESAY could benefit from a tourism and jobs boost after raising £14 million to restore the town’s pavilion.
The re-vamped building is expected to attract more than 70,000 visitors a year and bring in 30 new jobs.
The contract is expected to be awarded later this autumn, with work scheduled to begin before Christmas. It is hoped the restoration will be finished by July 2019.
The restored pavilion will include a shop selling local produce, a cafe/ restaurant, a revamped hall, a second smaller venue, offices and a function room.
A £4.1 million National Lottery grant, more than £1 million from the European Regional Development Fund and £750,000 from Historic Environment Scotland have helped secure the funding needed to get the project under way.
Councillor Gary Mulvaney, depute leader of Argyll and Bute Council and policy lead for strategic finance and capital regeneration, said: ‘The fundraising target was ambitious – it had to be, to deliver a revitalised pavilion that will be a key attraction for residents and visitors.
‘The pavilion will be transformed into a hub for cultural and community use, bringing with it jobs and a new tourist attraction for Bute and the wider area.
‘I thank everyone involved in reaching this extremely exciting stage in the transformation of Rothesay Pavilion.’