Work starts to breathe new life into The Rockfield Centre

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Refurbishment of the main building of The Rockfield Centre (TRC) starts next Monday, April 29, undertaken by local firm TSL.

To celebrate this, Oban Communities Trust, which operates the centre, is hosting an informal get-together on May 10 with two open drop-in sessions in the community huts from noon-3pm and 4-7pm. The plans for the main building will be on show and the drop-in format will give everyone an opportunity to view these, meet the team involved and learn about existing clubs and activity.

Representatives from architects PagePark, contractors TSL and the major funders will be there to answer any queries and share their vision for The Rockfield Centre.

‘The vision to create a community cultural hub in the main building is now becoming a reality thanks to the support of our many funders and the wider community,’ said Eleanor MacKinnon, project facilitator with Oban Communities Trust (OCT).

‘We want to share the good news with as many people as possible and welcome everyone to come along to celebrate on May 10.’

The year-long programme of works will see a new heating and plumbing system installed as well as major internal refurbishment, including upgrading of the existing windows. The work will be carried out in sympathy with the ethos of a Grade B listed building, retaining the character of the former primary school but presenting a light and airy modern interior for a wide range of uses.

Douglas Walker of PagePark Architects said they were all delighted to see the Rockfield Centre vision come to life: ‘We look forward to working alongside Oban Communities Trust, TSL and the wider community to deliver this much anticipated community cultural hub. This vital work will ensure a landmark community facility for many generations to come.’

OCT project manager Andrew Pinkerton, who has helped deliver a number of community projects in the west of Scotland, said: ‘It’s always exciting when a project gets to the stage of work starting on site and it’s a real benefit for the community that a local company has won the contract.

‘I am looking forward to working with the design team and TSL to make Rockfield Centre a reality for all those who have worked so hard to get it to this stage.’

Existing activities and space for hire will continue throughout the refurbishment process and new activities will be tested out, enabling everyone to get involved.

Pivotal to these activities has been support from many local trades and businesses and the centre’s many volunteers have helped from the start using their wide range of skills to help stabilise the main building, refurbish the huts and help with activities.

OCT chairman Gordon McNab said: ‘We are on our way with the next stage in the journey. Come along on May 10 and see the vision starting to take place.’