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Paisley Museum

Paisley Museum and Library to close doors ahead of £42M transformation

As part of the £42m project to transform the venue into an international-class destination, Paisley Museum, Central Library and the Heritage Centre is planned to close on Thursday, 20 September.

The Paisley Museum Reimagined project will see major revamps to all of the buildings on the site, including the Coats Observatory, which will reopen in 2022.

The museum is being redesigned by award-winning international architects AL_A and will be completely redesigned internally, as well as having a new entrance, café/restaurant and landscaping.

The local community will also be invited to have its say in the reimagined visitor experience.

The project is part of the ongoing £100m investment to transform key outdoor areas and venues including the Museum and Paisley Town Hall, into 21st-century facilities hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors.

The investment is central to the wider plan to use the town's unique heritage and cultural assets to transform its future.

The existing major events programme and the boost to Paisley's profile and reputation from the town's bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, have already delivered results and this signals the next stage of that journey.

The work will be complemented by a £10m investment to improve the outdoor streetscape and transport links.

Other projects coming in the next few years include a new learning and cultural hub offering library services on the heart of the High St, and a refurbishment of Paisley Arts Centre.

There is also a £7.7M project at St James Playing Fields to create new outdoor space capable of hosting major events and to upgrade the sporting facilities, as well as creating new road access and car parking.

The projects will go to public consultation next year, followed by a detailed design phase. There will also be a feasibility study to look at further-reaching longer-term changes to the town's road system.

For more information on where you can access services during the closure, visit the Renfrewshire Leisure website here.


Published 17 September 2018