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Capita appointed to Oban Bay Public Realm development works in Scotland

9th September 2016

A partnership between Capita and Oberlanders Architects of Edinburgh was appointed by Argyll and Bute Council to provide multidisciplinary property and infrastructure design services for the £4.15m Oban Bay Public Realm and North Pier White Building development in the West of Scotland.

The most northerly of Argyll’s mainland towns, Oban is one of Scotland's most popular tourist destinations and is also an important transport hub and gateway for the West Highlands and Islands.

The project is part of the council’s wider CHORD programme which is an ambitious and forward-looking programme to assist regeneration and economic development in five of its waterfront towns - Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon.

The Oban project comprises high quality public realm and highway improvements that will:

  • Make the most of Oban waterfront in terms of economic development and regeneration.
  • Deliver waterfront infrastructure that contributes to an attractive, vibrant and contemporary town centre.
  • Create a safe, comfortable, accessible public realm that attracts residents and visitors to the area.
  • Promote improved connectivity and public transport gateway.
  • Act as an enabler for private sector investment in the waterfront area and town centre

The project also comprises the development of the White Building on North Pier into a state of the art orientation and marine tourism facility for cruise passengers, leisure sailors and tourists using the local tour and charter boats.

At present Phase 2 of the Public Realm element of the project is nearing completion and is receiving excellent reviews for the Oban community. Construction work on the new Marine Visitor Facility  is due to begin in January 2017.

The project has been a true multi-disciplined collaboration of businesses in Partnership with Oberlanders with design staff from Capita offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Carlisle, North Tyneside, Blackburn, Colwyn Bay and Cardiff.

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