13th July 2022 By Clark Contracts Ltd
Work has now started on the £2.8m transformation of Paisley Arts Centre which will add new modern performance facilities and an extension to the much-loved historic venue.
The building is being upgraded into a unique and intimate performance venue and creative hub, which will drive new life and footfall into the heart of the town centre when it reopens next year.
Main Contractor, Clark Contracts is now on site at the building, on Paisley’s New Street, with the refurbishment including:
The programme of work has been designed to be sensitive to the 250-year-old site’s previous use as a former church and graveyard.
This included extensive surveys to establish if there were any graves in the area in front of the building, where work is taking place. The graveyard area at the side of the building will be left untouched, and no monuments will need to be moved as part of the work.
The work is part of a wider investment in Paisley’s cultural venues by Renfrewshire Council, which supports Future Paisley – the wide-ranging programme of events and activity using the town’s internationally-significant cultural and heritage story to change the area’s future.
This includes the transformation of the town’s museum into a world-class visitor destination, the work to preserve Paisley Town Hall’s place at the heart of local life by turning it into a modern entertainment venue and building a new home for library services in a formerly empty retail unit at the heart of Paisley High Street.
When they reopen, the venues will be operated by OneRen, the charity which provides culture, leisure and sport services for the area. The reopened arts centre will host a year-round programme of music, comedy, theatre and much more.
Cllr Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of OneRen, said: “I am delighted to see work is now under way on the refurbishment of Paisley Arts Centre.
“For more than 30 years, it has been one of Scotland’s most vibrant small arts venues, but while work was done to the outside of the building in 2012, the facilities and audience experience inside it were in need of the upgrade which this work will deliver.
“Once reopen, the building will be able to offer a better range of events than before, bringing new life and footfall into the town centre and to the surrounding businesses day and night.
“And we hope it will also become a hub for the town’s thriving creative community – providing a base for our cultural groups to work from and help nurture the next generation of local talent.”
Michael Scanlan, Director at Clark Contracts, added: “As a Paisley-based contractor, we are delighted to be working with Renfrewshire Council again to deliver this transformation of Paisley Arts Centre, which will provide high-quality facilities for the local community.”
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