ROTHESAY PAVILION

‘Leading lights’ attend the Scottish Parliament to support Rothesay Pavilion restoration.

Leading figures from Scotland’s arts and culture, architecture and design, tourism, education, business, politics, local government sectors and key community representatives gathered recently for an informal briefing held in the Scottish Parliament Garden Lobby, sponsored by MSP Clare Adamson and hosted by Rothesay Pavilion Charity board.

Angus Robertson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture attended as did ‘Scotland’s Home of the Year’ judge and presenter Anna Campbell-Jones.

The event was designed to garner support for the Pavilion’s ongoing refurbishment while sharing plans for the building to become a top ten visitor attraction, modern cultural industries hub, interconnected business destination and vibrant community gathering place. It will offer next generation education and an exciting programme of family friendly events and entertainment, boosting tourism and driving economic regeneration on the isle of Bute.

Broadcaster Janice Forsyth, chair of Rothesay Pavilion Charity said: “We were delighted that over a hundred of Scotland’s most influential leaders could join us and we were heartened by the level of affection for the Pavilion and recognition of its standing as a true Scottish icon. The building is a stunning example of the international Modernist style, inspired by the Bauhaus school of design which continues to motivate architects and innovators today. I have no doubt that architecture fans will come from across the world to see it and be moved by all its modernist magnificence.”

Speakers at the Garden Lobby event included Chris Stewart, President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), who chose Rothesay Pavilion as his favourite building while reinforcing its architectural significance and critical importance to Scotland and internationally.

Main contractors Robertson are carrying out the renovation programme on the A-listed Pavilion, which was designed in 1938 by young Scottish architect James Andrew Carrick. A further £4 Million is required to complete works which are currently scheduled for completion by Autumn 2025, subject to funding. Fundraising initiatives are being led by the building owners, Argyll & Bute Council while Rothesay Pavilion Charity will operate the building following completion and handover.

Councillor Gary Mulvaney, Argyll and Bute Council Policy Lead for Finance Services commented: “A restored Rothesay Pavilion has the potential to deliver multi-generational benefits and opportunities on a local and national level. With this investment, restoration and transformation, we are determined that The Pavilion will go from strength to strength, providing a wonderful, modern facility for the community, Bute businesses and young people for generations to come. Together with our partners, we’re exploring partnership options with all supporters with a view to reaching the final £4M fundraising target of this £37m project.”

Chris Stewart, President of the RIAS added, “the final proposals for the remodelling of Rothesay Pavilion, retain the main hall and dance floor to which is added exhibition, and gallery space, a studio and second performance space and dedicated multimedia facilities and services for young people. The planned renaissance of Rothesay Pavilion, however, goes way deeper than the preservation of physical and cultural heritage. It has the power to act as an economic multiplier, a catalyst for the creative industries, and a potential magnet for both architectural industrial design enthusiasts and fans of popular music and dance.”

Restoration works re-commenced in May 2023 following a break caused by the original contractor entering administration, with Robertson appointed following a procurement process managed by Argyll & Bute Council.

Current funding partners include the European Regional Development Fund Scotland Programme 2014-2020, Historic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The National Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Coastal Communities Fund.

Or, for further information, contact: Julie Tait, Executive Director, Rothesay Pavilion.  julie@rothesaypavilion.co.uk

Jane Jarvie, Communications Manager, Argyll and Bute Council.  Jane.Jarvie@argyll-bute.gov.uk

September 8, 2023

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