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Phase two of Arnotts work ‘massive boost’ for town centre

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The next stage of a landmark development on Paisley’s iconic Arnotts site has been hailed as ‘the latest leap forward’ in the ongoing transformation of the town centre

Work is now under way to turn the distinctive listed frontage of the former store on Gauze Street into 11 luxury apartments, with retail units on the ground floor.

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This marks phase two of a two-part plan – spearheaded by Renfrewshire Council – to bring the historic site back into use.

Phase one takes in the 31 flats currently being built by Link Group on Lawn Street and Gauze Street for shared equity or rent, due for completion in the spring.

The Arnotts site is owned and marketed by a limited liability partnership made up of Renfrewshire Council and Park Lane Developments.

And Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan believes the start of work elsewhere on the site is the latest positive piece in the town centre jigsaw.

Councillor Macmillan said: “The Arnotts site represents one of the most visible options for regeneration in Paisley town centre.

“Over the years a lot of work has gone into various attempts to kickstart development and we are delighted that – at last – people can now see real progress.

“This new phase of development is just the latest leap forward for the town centre, coming off the back of several other major regeneration projects.

“It fits perfectly with our plans to use Paisley’s outstanding built and cultural heritage as the engine behind a transformation of the town over the next decade, including a bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021.

“Elsewhere in the town, we are pushing forward with plans to bring the Russell Institute back into use as offices, bringing 80 new jobs into the town from 2016.

“And the area around Arnotts has been transformed in recent years by Westpoint Homes’ Abbey Place development just across the road, with almost all of the flats in there now snapped up, bringing new residents into the town centre.”

Sean Robinson, joint managing director of Park Lane, added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council in this exciting regeneration project.

“The apartments and ground floor commercial space will be coming to the market in spring this year and there is already very strong interest in the 11 apartments and available commercial units.”

For more information about phase two of the development, or to register your interest in buying one of the apartments, please call Park Lane on 0141 331 2253.

For more information about the Gauze Street/Lawn Street flats in phase one, you can call Link Group on 03451 400100.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Paisley Photographs

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Paisley Photographs

Here are some cracking Paisley Photographs sent in by one of our visitors, Hugh Craig, You too can send in your photographs of Paisley to be seen by our thousands of daily visitors by sending them with a description to brian@paisley.org.uk 

The photographs Hugh has sent in are as follows:

  • Gabriels gets a facelift. It’s the best pub in town.
  • Cloisters at The Abbey.
  • Arnott’s.
  • PaisleyTown Hall. The sun was behind the Clock Tower lighting up the skeleton of the scaffolding through the dust netting.

Paisley Townhall

In 1873 George A.Clark, a member of the famous thread family, left £20,000 in his will to build a Town Hall in his native Paisley.

A site was found next to the Abbey which was suitable under the terms of the will; the hall was to be in the New Town, east of the Cart, where George Clark had been born and where his family’s thread mills were.

The George A. Clark Town Hall was officially opened in January 1882 among great celebrations. A procession made its way through the decorated streets, and at night there was a firework display from the High Church steeple.

The impressive building became a landmark in Paisley. The taller of the two towers, with its sculptured figures representing the four seasons, housed a clock and a chime of bells which could play a different tune for every day of the month.

The many rooms of the Town Hall proved ideal for meetings and social events. By the 1980s, however, the chimes no longer worked and the halls and rooms were shabby and run-down. Plans for repair and modernization were drawn up.

By 1988, in time for the celebration of Paisley 500, the chiming mechanism in the bell-tower was restored. In 1990 work began on renovating the interior of the building, and as this continues we can see the Town Hall, over a hundred years old, ready to plan its full part again in Paisley life.