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Paisley Town Hall reopens after £2.4million upgrade

One of Paisley’s most iconic buildings has reopened to the public after a £2.4million upgrade.

Paisley Town Hall, opened in 1882, is looking at its best again after an extensive programme of improvements and repairs

The work included roof and stonework repairs, a completely remodelled entrance and reception area more in keeping with the buildings Victorian heritage, and much more improved access for customers with mobility issues.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell recently visited the Town Hall and met with staff and customers.

“The Town Hall holds a special place in Paisley’s history and we want to ensure that it retains that role in Paisley’s future” he said

“The investment is not only conserving part of Paisley’s architectural heritage. It is also contributing to Paisley’s economic regeneration”

“The upgraded Town Hall joins the refurbished Paisley Arts Centre, and the recently confirmed plans for housing and retail development on the former Arnotts site, as evidence that we are keeping the town’s heritage relevant through innovative approaches”

“Thousands of visitors will have the chance to experience the Town Hall for themselves in October when the venue will host performances at the Royal National Mód.”

“Visitors will shortly be able to use a new tourism information point located within the reception area”

“The whole package of improvements, such as new meeting and gathering spaces just inside the entrance, will also enhance the Town Hall’s reputation as a high quality venue for everything from wedding receptions and conferences to business conferences and community events.”

Among the most noticeable new features are stunning specially made chandeliers which have the Paisley pattern incorporated into them

Externally, the work showcases some of the buildings distinctive features such as the roof turrets and the clock tower.

Depute Provost Caldwell added: “Overall, I believe the work does credit to the imagination and vision which created Paisley Town Hall and helps preserve its appeal and relevance for future generations.”

Ian Walford, Chief Executive of Historic Scotland said: “Paisley Town Hall is an important and historic Renfrewshire building and I’m delighted that Historic Scotland has played a part in safeguarding its future. The £2.4million upgrade included £482,000 funding from Historic Scotland for repairs to the historic fabric of the building, including extensive stonework and roof repairs. After a year-long programme of works I am pleased to see this notable landmark being re-opened with great fanfare, to be enjoyed and appreciated for generations to come.”

All photographs are taken by Tracey Clements for www.paisley.org.uk