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Oban visitor centre set for autumn start

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August 27 2014

Oban visitor centre set for autumn start
Argyll & Bute Council has given the all clear to construction of a £1.5m visitor centre on Oban’s north pier, clearing the way for an autumn start on the build.

Designed by Oberlanders Architects the pavilion forms part of a £4m waterfront regeneration strategy and will showcase the town’s maritime heritage whilst doubling as a hub for onward travel to the Hebrides.

This will see a former ticket office demolished to form a new tourism and transport hub and improve the setting of the B listed Columba Hotel. Taking the form of a circular public space, in reference to McCaig’s Folly, the timber, stone and glass addition will also open up sea views.

In their design statement Oberlanders said: “The proposed new building provides the opportunity to create a genuine landmark destination that delivers the Maritime Visitor Facility as part of a wider, cohesive regeneration of the heart of the North Pier.”

The new facilities are expected to complete next year.
A canopy roof will provide shelter from the elements whilst also permitting natural light
A canopy roof will provide shelter from the elements whilst also permitting natural light
Oban is a hub for onward travel to the islands
Oban is a hub for onward travel to the islands

2 Comments

The Bairn
#1 Posted by The Bairn on 27 Aug 2014 at 19:00 PM
Well done lads it actually looks well designed and thought out scheme...really appealing and pleasing on the eye...just one question....when do the students move in?
Ian Nairn Jr
#2 Posted by Ian Nairn Jr on 27 Aug 2014 at 19:06 PM
It's a shame this new 'transport hub' is at the other end of town from where the transport is. The South Pier across the bay has the bus station, taxi rank, railway station and CalMac terminal all neatly gathered, surely the proper location for such a 'hub'. And I would have thought the adjacent red-roofed North Pier buildings and listed clock tower were 'landmark' enough without being crowded out by this. Saying all that, another place to shelter from the rain is always welcome in Argyll.

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