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A Kintyre charity has awarded a contract to develop a full business case and planning permission for new seasports facilities in Campbeltown.
The winning bidders, in a rigorous tender process, run by The Kintyre Seasports Project SCIO (KSP) were John Renshaw Architects (JRA), partnering with Blue Sea Consulting (BSC).
Both firms have hands-on experience of coastal community projects; having contributed to the highly successful expansion of Campbeltown Marina, and produced the initial outline business case for the Seasports project.
Blue Sea have valuable local knowledge and experience.
The first phase of the work will analyse and report on possible locations for a new building to accommodate rapidly growing community involvement in marine sports, host competitive events and attract adventure tourism.
Along with technical issues and questions concerning safety and usability in various weather conditions the consultants will be inviting stakeholders, from paddleboarders to local residents, to represent their views.
KSP chairman Campbell Fox said: ‘JRA and BSC are well qualified for the job and we are pleased to have them on board.
‘HIE and Argyll and Bute Council are backing this stage of the contract.
‘To meet our obligations to them, and provide a strong base for capital grant applications, we need an objective appraisal of options for the new building.
‘This first phase of the project gives all interested parties an opportunity to have their voice heard.
‘People can meet the consultants and discuss the project at Campbeltown Sailing Club on August 28 and 29.
‘KSP will be posting a formal notice with the details.’
The options appraisal, known as phase one of the contract, is due to be completed in October.
The results will inform phase two, which includes conceptual design and planning permission.
Mr Fox advised against complacency and added: ‘This contract is essential to proving the Seasports concept and attracting major grants.
‘Our community has done well to get it funded.
‘Under the inspired leadership of Sid Gallagher activity levels are growing fast and the level of interest in tomorrow’s Community Regatta shows how much potential there is to get people out on the water.
‘The only real bottleneck is lack of facilities. JRA and Blue Sea will help take us a major step closer.
‘But we can’t take anything for granted. The funding landscape is difficult, we are in competition with other areas and we need all the support we can get.’
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