Robertson takes the keys to iconic Rothesay Pavilion

Pavilion from outside

Construction work resumes on iconic Rothesay Pavilion with Robertson Construction Central West taking the keys to the historical building on Bute, to progress its multi-million pound transformation to a modern-day resource. 

Project Manager John Ross accepted the keys from Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Islands and Business Development, Councillor Liz McCabe, with a promise that the Pavilion would be well cared for during the works and a commitment to supporting the local community and economy throughout the build programme.

Rothesay Pavilion, which was first completed in 1938, is one of the UK’s finest examples of early 20th century modern architecture.  The Pavilion is unique in Scotland and one of only two Pavilions remaining in the UK showcasing International Modernism architecture.

Councillor Liz McCabe, said:

“Transforming the Pavilion is about turning this fantastic building into a driver for Bute’s economy, and supporting day-to-day life on the island. Construction work resuming is great news. I am delighted to hand over the keys and get the next stage in the life of the Pavilion going.”

The initial works will see the installation of a full wrapped scaffold to protect the building from the marine environment and enable the team to work all season.  In addition, a 35m roof cover will be installed to prevent any damage to the building from rainwater while works on the roof are undertaken.  The initial stage of works will also see the replacement of the roof, windows and the render, with repairs being carried out to stonework.  External works include the creation of an accessible entrance, hard and soft landscaping and the fit out of the existing caretakers building.

Andy McLinden, regional managing director, Robertson Construction Central West, said: 

“We have been working closely with Argyll and Bute Council to make their aspirations for the Pavilion a reality.  The Pavilion itself is not only significant in terms of its history and architecture but also for the local community.  It represents economic growth and opportunity, and our accepting of the keys today represents our commitment to the community that we are here to deliver on our promises.

“Community impact and social value is integral to what we do, and we look forward to becoming part of the local community as we assist Argyll and Bute in achieving part of its ambitious and forward-looking programme to assist regeneration and economic development in Rothesay as part of its plans for five of its waterfront towns.”

First stage works will be competed in August 2024.

Once complete the Pavilion will provide an entertainment, events, business venue, and community hub, for local people and visitors to Bute, and will be managed by the Rothesay Pavilion Charity, a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).

The Pavilion’s transformation programme, by the council and funding partners, had been halted by the impact of the covid pandemic, the building contractor going into administration during lockdown, and competition and costs for construction resources increasing since then.

Find out more about the transformation of Rothesay Pavilion, the case for investment and how you can help support this iconic building at

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

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