Paisley town centre investment moves forward as public realm transformation sites revealed

Paisley town centre investment moves forward as public realm transformation sites revealed

Plans to bring new life to Paisley town centre by transforming key outdoor areas have been revealed, as the ongoing £100m investment in the town’s venues and infrastructure moves forward.

Renfrewshire Council is leading the investment as part of wider plans to transform the area’s future using its internationally-significant cultural and heritage story.

Work to turn key venues including Paisley Museum and Town Hall into 21st-century facilities hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year is well under way – and will be complemented by a £10m investment to improve the outdoor streetscape and transport links.

The plans – aimed at driving new footfall and boosting the evening economy by growing the area’s already-successful events programme and creating more attractive spaces to keep visitors, students and workers in the town – include:

- unlocking the enormous potential of the area around Abbey Close by creating a larger and more flexible events and gathering space around the Abbey, town hall and river, including improvements to the Abbey Green;

- a new and improved town gateway in County Square – creating a decluttered town square to welcome visitors and expand events capacity, and create a more attractive space for pavement cafes and people to dwell;

Details have also been revealed for major improvements to the town’s transport infrastructure, with upgrades to key road junctions at Mill St/Glasgow Rd, Mill St/Lonend, Canal St/Causeyside St and Renfrew Rd/Mill St/Incle St.

The aim is to improve traffic flow and road safety, while linking the town centre to its surroundings by making it easier to walk or cycle into the heart of the town and creating a better sense of arrival for people visiting Paisley’s attractions.

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.

The council last year set aside £10m for the above public realm projects but wants to top that up by applying to the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

Councillors on the leadership board will be asked to approve that application when they meet next Wednesday (19 Sept), where they will also be updated on other projects in the £100m investment.

That includes the £42m transformation of Paisley Museum into an international-class destination based around the town’s unique heritage and collections, and the £22m plans to preserve Paisley Town Hall’s place at the heart of life in the town by becoming a landmark performance venue.

The museum is planned to close later this month and reopen in 2022, and the town hall will close at the end of the year and reopen in 2021.

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.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “Our £100m investment in Paisley town centre is the backbone of everything which will happen in the next stage of our regeneration journey, the benefits of which will be felt around the whole Renfrewshire area.

“Over the next few years, we will transform our unique and much-loved venues into 21st-century facilities to host the expansion of events, visitors and activity the area will be at the centre of – we are also this week revealing plans to grow the capacity of Renfrewshire’s independent creative sector through a new fund.

“We have already seen investment in culture deliver results – with visitor numbers and attendees at our already-successful major events programme on the up, and the UK City of Culture bid boosting the town’s profile, reputation and self-confidence.

“And put simply – it’s the way we have to go. Changes in the way people shop mean town centres everywhere have to reinvent themselves. We cannot turn the clock back but we can create a vibrant destination around our unique culture, heritage and events, and that is what we are doing.

“The public realm projects we are revealing details of today are key to that – they will create key outdoor spaces allowing our already-successful major events to be even bigger and better.

“At the same time, Paisley already has large populations of students and workers, and a growing number of visitors – this investment will support traders by creating more attractive spaces which encourage them to spend more time and money here.

“And the improvements to the transport infrastructure will make the town easier to get around and through, while we look at a longer-term masterplan to improve the road system further.”

Last Updated: 14 September 2018 13:58

Latest Local News

East Renfrewshire events benefit as national events programme celebrates milestone

East Renfrewshire events benefit as national events programme celebrates milestone

Two East Renfrewshire events will benefit from a share of £143,500 from EventScotland’s National Programme Fund!
Last Updated: 25th April 2019
Race for Culzean

Race for Culzean

Fun-seekers are being invited to put their limits to the test at the Culzean Challenge, and to explore one of Scotland's heritage treasures as the same time!
Last Updated: 25th April 2019
Theatre show on the hunt for audiences!

Theatre show on the hunt for audiences!

Do you run a group for young children? Would you like a free theatre show to come visit you? Then book Calvinball today! It's a show - it's in the fresh air - it's fun - and it's freeeee!
Last Updated: 24th April 2019
Paisley set to host its biggest and best Food and Drink Festival this weekend

Paisley set to host its biggest and best Food and Drink Festival this weekend

Foodies have been urged not to miss this weekend’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival as the town gets set to host its biggest and best culinary extravaganza yet!
Last Updated: 24th April 2019
Legendary hostel offers the perfect base for exploring the Clyde Valley

Legendary hostel offers the perfect base for exploring the Clyde Valley

Located in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site, the 'Wee Row' provides a unique hostel experience like no other!
Last Updated: 18th April 2019
Trix the T. rex is ready for her big Glasgow reveal

Trix the T. rex is ready for her big Glasgow reveal

Trix the Tyrannosaurus rex is all ready to meet Scottish and UK audiences at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow!
Last Updated: 17th April 2019
Top pipers on way to Paisley for British championships

Top pipers on way to Paisley for British championships

Thousands of the world’s top pipers and drummers will again descend on Paisley for one of the biggest dates in the global piping calendar!
Last Updated: 17th April 2019
Trix the T. rex arrives in Glasgow

Trix the T. rex arrives in Glasgow

For 15 weeks from Thursday 18th April, Glasgow's Kelvin Hall will host the world's only real touring Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton!
Last Updated: 13th April 2019
Dippy on Tour surpasses one million visitors milestone!

Dippy on Tour surpasses one million visitors milestone!

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure has been visited by more than one million people, breaking records at every venue visited so far!
Last Updated: 10th April 2019
Wave of volunteers head to Erskine Beach for a Big Spring Clean

Wave of volunteers head to Erskine Beach for a Big Spring Clean

Volunteers from local community group Erskine Community Garden were joined by Police Scotland's Youth Volunteers as they tackled discarded litter in one of Renfrewshire's top beauty spots.
Last Updated: 10th April 2019
Enjoy a staycation with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts this summer

Enjoy a staycation with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts this summer

With heatwaves and Brexit on the horizon, a 'staycation' has never been more popular, research shows more than half of Brits are expected to ditch overseas travel in favour of a Great British break!
Last Updated: 10th April 2019
Scottish festivals bring biggest artists in the World to Glasgow and Edinburgh this Summer

Scottish festivals bring biggest artists in the World to Glasgow and Edinburgh this Summer

Don't miss artists such as Stormzy, Catfish and the Bottlemen, George Ezra, Gerry Cinnamon, Snow Patrol, The Cure, CHVRCHES, Courteeners and more in Glasgow and Edinburgh this Summer!
Last Updated: 10th April 2019
Mysteries of medieval Abbey Drain to be uncovered during Big Dig

Mysteries of medieval Abbey Drain to be uncovered during Big Dig

A team of intrepid experts will go underground to solve a centuries-old mystery this summer during the biggest exploration yet of Paisley’s unique medieval Abbey Drain!
Last Updated: 10th April 2019
VIBES Awards urge businesses in Renfrewshire to become sustainable leaders and boost growth

VIBES Awards urge businesses in Renfrewshire to become sustainable leaders and boost growth

Businesses in Renfrewshire are being encouraged to become world leaders in sustainability and embrace the economic opportunities that environmental changes can bring.
Last Updated: 9th April 2019
Dedicated community group lead the way with a Big Spring Clean

Dedicated community group lead the way with a Big Spring Clean

Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean continues to go from strength to strength as another community group took to the streets to show their support.
Last Updated: 7th April 2019
Fun on the menu for kids at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

Fun on the menu for kids at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

There’s plenty of fun on the menu for kids at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival with a range of hands-on foodie experiences and amazing live entertainment.
Last Updated: 3rd April 2019
Run Scotland on The Ultra Tour of Arran

Run Scotland on The Ultra Tour of Arran

Rat Race Adventure Sports will again stage the audacious 100km off-road running challenge on the Isle of Arran, Scotland in miniature, on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April!
Last Updated: 25th March 2019
Award winning Gin71 bar to offer perfect serve for visitors to Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

Award winning Gin71 bar to offer perfect serve for visitors to Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

The award-winning Gin71 bar is coming to the Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 to give visitors the chance to enjoy a perfect serve of top artisan gins.
Last Updated: 24th March 2019
The Coming Back Out Ball invites LGBTI Elders to join Social Dance Club

The Coming Back Out Ball invites LGBTI Elders to join Social Dance Club

A year-long cultural engagement programme created for the LGBTI+ elder community in Scotland has launched which will culminate in a spectacular final event in Glasgow 2020!
Last Updated: 21st March 2019
Rewind Festival announces fun filled family friendly activities!

Rewind Festival announces fun filled family friendly activities!

Not only is Rewind Festival returning this summer with a fabulous line-up -celebrating music icons of the 80s and beyond, this year, it will also offer a brand new array of family-friendly activities!
Last Updated: 19th March 2019
Come and enjoy the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

Come and enjoy the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

Beer lovers will be able to enjoy all the fun of this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival as organisers are teaming up to host a Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent.
Last Updated: 16th March 2019
Dirty Sanchez star Matt Pritchard to host cookery masterclasses at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

Dirty Sanchez star Matt Pritchard to host cookery masterclasses at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

TV’s “Dirty Vegan” Matt Pritchard is the latest celebrity chef to be announced for this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival!
Last Updated: 15th March 2019
Scottish stars join forces to support Red Nose Day!

Scottish stars join forces to support Red Nose Day!

Scottish stars Richard Madden, Lewis Capaldi, John Hannah, David Tennant, CHVRCHES, Kyle Falconer and more lend their voices to raise vital funds for Comic Relief 2019!
Last Updated: 15th March 2019
Renfrewshire prepares for its Big Spring Clean

Renfrewshire prepares for its Big Spring Clean

After more than 1000 volunteers took part over one weekend last year, Renfrewshire's Big Spring Clean is back – and this time it’s tackling the whole month of April!
Last Updated: 11th March 2019
Boost for national garden tourism group Discover Scottish Gardens

Boost for national garden tourism group Discover Scottish Gardens

Scotland’s garden tourism industry is set to bloom further as £37,000 funding has been awarded to national garden tourism group, Discover Scottish Gardens, to build on its success.
Last Updated: 11th March 2019
Paisley public invited to help shape town centre transformation plans

Paisley public invited to help shape town centre transformation plans

Paisley town centre's key outdoor spaces and road junctions are in line for a major transformation – and residents and businesses are being invited to two special events to help shape the plans.
Last Updated: 7th March 2019
Number 1 Scottish superstar Lewis Capaldi to headline Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Number 1 Scottish superstar Lewis Capaldi to headline Edinburgh Summer Sessions

DF Concerts are thrilled to announce Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi will headline Edinburgh Summer Sessions on 14th August.
Last Updated: 6th March 2019
Paisley teams up with PLATFORM on Tour for biggest Food and Drink Festival yet

Paisley teams up with PLATFORM on Tour for biggest Food and Drink Festival yet

Paisley is teaming up with independent street food market PLATFORM for its biggest and best Food and Drink Festival yet!
Last Updated: 5th March 2019
Make a Break for Spring with Macdonald Resorts

Make a Break for Spring with Macdonald Resorts

Make the most of the spring holidays with all the family this year by taking a break with Macdonald Resorts.
Last Updated: 5th March 2019
Renfrewshire budget delivers now and long term

Renfrewshire budget delivers now and long term

A positive budget benefiting “every single community and neighbourhood in Renfrewshire” was agreed by councillors today.
Last Updated: 28th February 2019

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Paisley Food & Drink Festival
Paisley Food & Drink Festival 2019 is a celebration of the best that Scotland’s larder has to offer with plenty of food-related fun across the entire weekend!
Glasgow Science Festival: Stunning Science @ UWS
Glasgow Science Festival: Learn about the human body, animals, bacteria, forensic science, the environment and much more at this exciting and educational evening for all ages at UWS!
Legally Blonde The Musical
Johnstone Phoenix Theatre Group return to Johnstone Town Hall with a fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde!
Play Talk Read Roadshow in Renfrewshire
Come on board the Play Talk Read bus with your wee one and join in the fun as the roadshow visits Renfrewshire!
Gourock Highland Games
Gourock Highland Games, the first games of the Scottish season, takes place in Inverclyde at Battery Park on Sunday 12th May!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »