Renfrewshire Council

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Paisley Town Hall

Paisley Town Hall has been a striking centrepiece at the heart of life in the town for the last 140 years - and the £22m transformation happening now will keep it there for many more.

You will have your own special memories of Paisley Town Hall - whether you were on stage there, got married in it, or saw St Mirren parade a trophy. The transformation of the building will allow it to mean as much to future generations as it did to you and the ones before you.

Paisley Town Hall main hall  When it reopens in 2023, the inside of the 19th-century architectural gem will have been turned into a 21st-century facility and a landmark entertainment venue for the west of Scotland.

The transformed building will retain the same classic look and grand features but the building's capabilities will have been transformed - allowing us to attract bigger and better events and bring more people into Paisley town centre.

The work is taking place as part of Renfrewshire Council's £100m investment in town centre venues and outdoor spaces, aimed at using our internationally-significant cultural and heritage story to bring people here and transform the area's future.

You can watch our great fly-through video showing a day in the life of the town hall - produced by design studio Visual Lane and project architects Holmes Miller - here:

What is happening to the building?

The first phase of construction work (to strip out the building) was completed in 2020. Our contractors Morrison Construction started main construction work in spring 2021 and are due to be complete in early 2023, and OneRen will have the building open and operational again later that year.

The work will transform what the building can do. When it reopens, expect the following:

- improvements to the main hall including an increased capacity of 1,200 allowing bigger and better events, driving new visitors and footfall into the town centre and surrounding businesses, day and night;

PTH animation still cafe bar - unused spaces brought back into use and new rooms created including a dance studio, café-bar with terrace (left), screening room, revamped reception area and more - allowing the building to host a bigger and bigger range of events;

- a much-improved audience experience including improved staging, lighting and seating with better views, and improved access making it easier for everyone to move around the building;

- a complete replacement of the old and outdated electrical and mechanical systems;

Want more info?

You can read our list of ten things the town hall revamp means for you.

You can also watch our behind-the-scenes video from before construction started in March 2021, as our project director Neil takes you on a tour of the town hall, showing the building stripped back as you've never seen it before: