Renfrewshire Council

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£100m town centre investment

Renfrewshire Council is taking forward a £100m investment to transform Paisley's town centre venues and outdoor spaces over the next few years.

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

It aims to create new homes for the expanded programme of events and cultural activity we will be building over the next few years and drive new footfall into the High Street and town centre. At the same time, it will help preserve the area's superb architectural heritage by turning some of Paisley's best-loved buildings into 21st-century facilities.

Paisley is already becoming one of Scotland's key destinations thanks to our growing major events programme and visitor programme - this investment will take that work to the next level. The key projects making up the investment include:

Paisley Museum - a £42m transformation into an international-class destination celebrating Paisley's inspirational stories and showcasing the town's unique heritage and collections. The reopened museum is predicted to bring around 125,000 visitors a year into the town centre and the project will see an extension to and major renovation of all museum buildings, including the Coats Observatory. Reopening 2022

Paisley Town Hall - a £22m internal refurbishment to become one of the landmark entertainment venues in the West of Scotland and keep this much-loved building at the heart of llife in the town. The redesign will broaden the range of events the town hall can offer, transform the performance facilities and visitor experience, create entirely new rooms within the existing building, and improve access for all. Reopening 2022

(want more info? - here's our blog on Ten things Paisley Town Hall will mean for you)

Learning and Cultural Hub - a fully-accessible and digitally-connected space housing the town's library collections and a modern educational resource for the area's pupils, students and adults. This work will bring back intyo use a formerly-vacant unit on Paisley High Street. Paisley Central Library is currently operating from a temporary building next to the Lagoon Leisure Centre until the new learning and cultural hub is complete. Opens 2022.

Paisley Arts Centre - an upgrade of the existing building to improve the performance facilities and audience experience. The arts centre is due to close in summer 2021. Reopen 2022

Outdoor spaces - one part of a £10m project to change the look and feel of outdoor spaces across the town centre. We will transform our landmark outdoor spaces Abbey Close and County Square to expand their capapcity to host events, create a sense of arrival, and places where people will spend time, .

Road junctions - The other part of the £10m project mentioned above will see improvements to key road junctions around the town at Mill St/Glasgow Rd, Mill St/Lonend, Canal St/Causeyside St and Renfrew Rd/Mill St/Incle St. The work will improve traffic flow and road safety, create a sense of arrival to the town centre, and help drive new footfall by making it easier to walk or cycle into the heart of the town.

The plans build on the investment already made in the publicly-accessible museum store Paisley: The Secret Collection which opened last year on the town's High Street, the ongoing TH.CARS2 project to restore historic buldings in the area round the High Street, and the launch of the new destination brand and website

For more information on cultural services while work is ongoing in our venues, see Renfrewshire Leisure.