GOUROCK’S historic municipal buildings have reopened following a half million pound transformation with a tenant already secured.

The refurbishment of the Grade C listed property has been completed by Port Glasgow-based contractors Union Projects on behalf of urban regeneration firm Riverside Inverclyde (RI).

The first tenants were secured well before the £560,000 overhaul was complete when Gourock dentist Weir & McClafferty Dental Care agreed to move into the ground floor.

Regeneration chiefs say the investment helps secure the long term future of a part of Gourock’s heritage.

It follows hot on the heels of the nearby £5 million town centre makeover.
Gerry McCarthy, chairman of RI, said: “The past two years have been a very exciting time for Gourock, with the national award-winning redevelopment of the pierhead area, and now the refurbishment of a landmark building which was lying vacant.

“We wish Weir & McClafferty every success and look forward in due course to welcoming ambitious small and start-up companies taking advantage of the opportunities this building holds for them in the second floor office suites.”

The dental practice is expanding in size, services and number of employees which prompted a switch from its current premises on Albert Road.

Josephine Weir, who runs the firm with brother Fergus McClafferty, said: “Our aim is to provide our patients with top quality dental care in a modern state-of-the-art dental facility.

“Our personal financial investment will bring modern dental technology to Gourock.”

The municipal buildings development is based on RI’s successful transformation of Scarlow House in Port Glasgow into a business centre.

Space has also been allocated for a Gourock Heritage Centre.

Half the costs were met by Inverclyde Council.

Councillor Michael McCormick, regeneration convener, said: “The building has been a focal point of the town for many years and I am delighted a local company is taking up residence.

“The building is set for a new lease of life with a viable future while retaining its links and availability for residents.”

Francis Blyth, of Union Projects, said: “The project has consisted of multiple trades working on every element of this Grade C listed building.

“This has posed numerous challenges, but  via the whole team’s combined effort, we are proud to have delivered an impressive project within budget.”