Renfrewshire Council

Collaboration unlocks success in Paisley

Fitting-out Paisley Town Hall and Learning and Cultural Hub with our values.

Two women standing on a stage looking to camera with the auditorium in the background
Julie Telford, OneRen (left), Natalie Thorne (right)
Programme manager Andrea Hensley has thanked Natalie Thorne for bringing her collaborative working style as project manager to the final phase of the recent cultural regeneration projects at Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Learning and Cultural Hub—home to Paisley Central Library.

Andrea nominated Natalie, for living our values, highlighting her positivity and team working skills as key success factors in the final phase of both redevelopments.

Andrea said, "Having come onboard later in the project, I was impressed by how quickly Natalie adapted and influenced the team. She carved out the time to engage with everyone, bringing her can-do attitude and conscientiousness approach, winning hearts and minds."

Natalie describes her project team's remit as:

"Arranging anything and everything that was needed for the opening and operation of both buildings. That included working with a range of stakeholders on the procurement and fit out of everything from lighting, furniture, audio visual equipment and IT kit, to catering and cleaning supplies and everything in between.

"Early engagement with our stakeholders to build relationships and understand everyone's roles was vital. It meant that when we faced all the challenges that are typical of large-scale projects with so many variables, everyone was on the same page, and we were able to flex and find quick solutions."

Two women standing at a tall table working on a lap top and smiling Reflecting on the impact of working collaboratively, Natalie acknowledged the collective effort of the team:

"I was touched that Andrea nominated me because she saw the scale of the hard work and challenges involved. For me, it reflects what we achieved together. We all identified with a shared purpose and developed how we functioned as one team, supporting one another every step of the way.

"I'd especially like to thank Marc Queen from the City Deal Team, Louise Bishop from Procurement, and Julie Telford, Alan Cunningham and Paul Ancell from OneRen who all went the extra mile to get both projects over the line.

"I'm extremely grateful to have worked on these flagship cultural venues alongside such a dedicated group of colleagues. These buildings, now operational, will go on to mean so many things to so many different people, and will make Renfrewshire a better place for everyone who lives, works, and visits here."

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Published Friday 15 March 2024