Vision of the future at Johnstone Town Hall

Artist&aposs impression of new Johnstone Town Hall

A freshly-released artists’ impression of how Johnstone’s  £14.5m town hall will look has given residents an exciting glimpse into the future of the town.

Renfrewshire Council will start work later this year on a development which will transform the town centre, once the current building has been demolished.

The new building will house a range of community facilities, including Johnstone library, plus a theatre space, marriage suite, conference space, cafe and meeting spaces.

Council services such as housing and social work will all be available under the same roof, with Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support also based in the building.

Demolition work on the former town hall building will be complete by mid-summer. Work on the new building is expected to begin in October, and the new facility could be up and running by spring 2015.

Councillor Jim Harte, convener of the council’s Sports, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “The new Johnstone Town Hall involves a significant cash investment by the council.

“Once complete, we expect the new building to provide a focal point for life in the town for years and generations to come.

“As can be seen from the latest artists’ impressions, this will be a bright, modern-looking building, which we want residents to be proud of.

“We have worked closely with the local community from the very start of this process to make sure they had the chance to play a key role in the design.

“We are also keen that disruption is minimised for businesses and residents in the town centre while demolition and building are ongoing.”

The project is being delivered through Hub West Scotland, with support from the Scottish Futures Trust.

BAM Construction has been appointed as the main contractor for the demolition and build.

The former Johnstone Library was closed in January, with a temporary library now open in a brand new facility in nearby Collier Street.

Throughout the duration of the works, access to the shopping precinct will be maintained from William Street and Church Street.

As part of the plans, new lighting, paving and planting will be laid around the town hall, with improvements also planned for Ludovic Square.