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Minister for Local Government and Housing celebrates opening of the iconic Russell Institute

Paisley’s iconic Russell Institute was officially opened this week as Kevin Stewart MSP, the Minister for Local Government and Housing, joined invited guests and Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson to celebrate the occasion.

Guests who attended the event were given the opportunity to tour the category A-listed building in the heart of Paisley which has been transformed through a £5 million investment into a Skills & Employability Hub.

The completion of this project is one of a range of initiatives aimed at bolstering business and driving people back to the town centre. This is a fundamental aspect of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

The work at the Institute was sparked by the passion of local volunteers in the Paisley Development Trust and was funded by the Council, Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Repairs Grant.

The former health centre is now home to Skills Development Scotland and the Council’s Invest in Renfrewshire employability team.

It houses around 120 employees including careers and employability staff helping unemployed people across Renfrewshire and working closely with local businesses to create further jobs and grow the local economy.

Main contractors CBC Ltd were charged with ensuring the distinctive features of the Institute were retained, from its ornate sculptures on the outside of the building to its stunning staircase and balcony inside.

The Institute marked its 90th anniversary this year so the reopening of the building is just one reason to celebrate this iconic local landmark.

Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to the official opening of the wonderfully restored Russell Institute in the heart of Paisley.

“Investing in community-led regeneration is a key part of our approach and I’d like to congratulate the Paisley Development Trust, the Council and the project team for securing the funding, including £2m from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, which has enabled the restoration of this iconic building back to its former glory.

“This is a great example of how we can use existing assets to regenerate our town centres and support local communities.”

Councillor Nicolson said: “It is fantastic to see the great work that has been done to refurbish this stunning building and bring it back into use.

“As a Skills and Employability Hub, the Russell Institute will provide an excellent environment in a central location to help generate new jobs and opportunities for the people of Renfrewshire.”

A spokesperson for Historic Environment Scotland said: “We’re delighted our funding is being used to help transform this prominent Paisley landmark. The project will bring the building back into use and created a first class facility providing a skills and employability hub which will benefit the local community now and in the years to come.”

The Russell Institute will be open to the public on 2 and 3 September as part of Doors Open Day.

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£4.5m Russell Institute revamp takes step forward

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The project to bring Paisley’s iconic Russell Institute back to life has taken another step forward, with the appointment of a contractor to lead the £4.5m restoration.

The A-listed former health centre has been vacant since 2011 and is in need of refurbishment, but Renfrewshire Council took ownership of the building from the NHS in February and is leading a project to turn it into offices.

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Skills Development Scotland has signed up to become anchor tenant when the building opens as a training and employability hub in 2016, bringing around 80 jobs into the town centre.

Staff from the council’s Invest in Renfrewshire programme to tackle unemployment and boost business will also move in.

Work on the restoration of the building – notable for its distinctive external sculptures – will start this summer and be led by Scottish contractor CBC.

A programme of detailed specialist surveys to establish the condition of the building has already taken place, ahead of what is expected to be a year-long refurbishment.

The work is being funded by the council, the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and Historic Scotland. The Paisley Development Trust helped kick the project off by commissioning the initial feasibility study into its use.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The Russell Institute is one of the jewels in Paisley’s architectural crown and has been one of the most distinctive buildings in the town centre for the best part of a century.

“We are thrilled to have been able to pull together a deal to bring it back to life and are glad the project is moving forward as planned.

“Paisley town centre has the second-highest concentration of listed buildings of anywhere in Scotland and we are committed to keeping them alive for future generations.

“Our Townscape Heritage Initiative and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme in the town’s Causeyside area has already made a massive difference to the streets and buildings around the Russell Institute over the past three years.

“And there was further good news last month when we received news that we have been earmarked for almost £2m of Heritage Lottery Fund money for another Townscape Heritage scheme in the area around Paisley’s High Street.

“That architectural heritage is at the heart of everything we are doing with our ambitious plans to use Paisley’s culture and heritage to drive Renfrewshire’s regeneration, including a bid for UK City of Culture 2021.”

Tony Lawler, treasurer of Paisley Development Trust said, “We are really pleased to see that the Russell Institute has been saved. The people of Paisley spoke out and we started a process that has saved this iconic building. The revamp of the Russell is crucial to regeneration of our town centre and Paisley as whole.”

CBC Managing Director James McAlpine added: “We are delighted to be continuing our excellent relationship with Renfrewshire Council on the Russell Institute project.

“Following on from the successful refurbishment of the Town Hall, we look forward to conserving another of Paisley’s iconic buildings for future generations.”

The Russell Institute was opened in 1927 and was gifted to Paisley Burgh by Miss Agnes Russell, who wanted it to be used as a child welfare clinic as a memorial to her two brothers.

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New lease of life for one of town’s architectural treasures

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The project to restore Paisley’s iconic Russell Institute has reached a major milestone with Renfrewshire Council set to officially take ownership of the building and agree a long-term tenant.

The council is making good progress on plans to take over the Category A-listed former health centre in Causeyside St and turn it into a skills and employability hub.

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The building needs substantial work to be brought back into use and its owners – the NHS – previously agreed to transfer ownership to the council if a use could be found.

Skills Development Scotland have now been given formal approval by the Scottish Government to sign a ten-year lease on the building as anchor tenants.

That allowed councillors on the Planning and Property Policy Board to this week give council officers the green light to conclude the lease to SDS and to finalise the transfer of ownership from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

And with the council having pulled together a £4m funding package to pay for the refurbishment, the plan to save one of the town’s architectural treasures is coming together.

The proposed skills and employability hub – due to open in summer 2016 – will provide flexible office space for up to 200 people, bringing new jobs to the area.

As part of the plan, employability services run by the council and its partners – based in Assurance House in Gauze Street – would also move to the Russell Institute.

A team of conservation architects were appointed earlier this year, and applications for planning and listed building consent were submitted in October.

Councillor Terry Kelly, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, said: “It has been a complex process to line up all the pieces needed for this project to happen, but we are delighted to have reached this point.

“This will be good for the town for several reasons – one is that we are bringing new jobs into the area, with all the benefits that will bring for the local economy.

“Another is that the new skills and employability hub will be up and running at a time when big infrastructure projects will be taking place in the area, meaning there will be opportunities opening up for skilled and trained Renfrewshire residents.

“And lastly we have ensured a key piece of the town’s architectural legacy is preserved and kept in use for future generations.

“This year, the council unveiled ambitious plans to use the town’s heritage and cultural assets to drive a programme of change over the next decade.

“Paisley has a built heritage to be proud of – including the second-highest concentration of listed buildings of anywhere in Scotland – and the Russell Institute is one of the best examples of that.”

SDS’s chief executive Damien Yeates said: “Our relocation to one of Paisley’s landmarks is not taking us far from our current premises.

“However, the new location will allow us to collaborate even more successfully on local employability issues with our partners, including Renfrewshire Council, and continue to provide a full range of services for people in the area.”

The Russell Institute was opened in 1927, having been gifted to Paisley Burgh by Miss Agnes Russell, who wanted it to be used as a child welfare clinic.

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£500k cash boost for Russell Institute project

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£500k cash boost for Russell Institute project.

Plans to bring one of Paisley’s finest historic buildings back into use have received another boost after £500,000 was confirmed towards the costs of restoring the Russell Institute.

The Category A-listed former health centre in Causeyside Street – considered one of the town’s architectural treasures – is set to be turned into offices under a £4.5m restoration project led by Renfrewshire Council.

Last December saw the council secure a Scottish Government grant of £2m towards the cost – and Historic Scotland has now added half a million pounds to the pot through their building repair grant scheme.

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Under the restoration plans, ownership is set to transfer from the NHS to the council, who will lead a project to turn it into modern office space by 2017.

The plan is for the building to be used as a skills and employment hub – with Skills Development Scotland as the anchor tenant – which should bring around 80 new jobs to the town.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The Russell Institute is one of Paisley’s most striking landmarks and a big part of the town’s history.

“A lot of hard work has gone in to get the project to this stage and we are delighted our plans to bring it back into use are now coming together.

“The council recently announced ambitious plans to use Paisley’s considerable heritage appeal to drive regeneration and tourism locally – and keeping buildings like the Russell in use complement that perfectly.

“Aside from that, this project will bring significant economic benefits, by creating new jobs and keeping existing ones in the town centre.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs added: “I am pleased to announce this funding for the Russell Institute which will deliver considerable improvements to this important historic building.

“I am particularly pleased that this investment will see a building that currently lies unused given a now lease of life and play an active role again in the community.”

The project to restore the Russell Institute has included the Paisley Development Trust – a local group of volunteers dedicated to the regeneration of the town.

The Category A-listed Russell Institute sits on the corner of New Street and Causeyside Street and was opened in 1927.

It was gifted to Paisley Burgh by Miss Agnes Russell, who wanted it to be used as a child welfare clinic as a memorial to her two brothers.

The building is notable for the distinctive bronze and stone sculptures on the exterior walls, and was used as a health centre until it closed in 2011.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Progress in the bid to restore the iconic Russell Institute building

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Progress in the bid to restore the iconic Russell Institute building.

Bid to restore iconic building making progress

Renfrewshire Council is making progress in its efforts to bring one of Paisley’s architectural gems back to life.

The iconic Russell Institute building has been put up for sale by its owners, the NHS, but needs substantial work.

Renfrewshire Council has been working with the Paisley Development Trust, a group of local volunteers dedicated to the regeneration of the town, to find a tenant.

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An organisation has been lined up to move into the former health centre – but the deal is conditional on funding being secured to pay for the restoration work.

The council has applied for a Scottish Government regeneration grant to meet a chunk of the cost – and bosses will hear soon if they have been successful.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The Russell Institute is an iconic site in the centre of Paisley but sadly it is in need of investment.

“We have an understanding with the NHS where – if we can help secure a tenant – the health service will dispose of the building.

“We are now waiting to hear whether the Scottish Government is willing to back the efforts of the community to bring this important building back into use.

“The council is determined to make use of the area’s superb architectural heritage – which has already been on show this month, having been commented on by many of the visitors we had for the Royal National Mòd.

“In terms of our wider efforts to make the most of the area’s built assets, this year has already seen Paisley Town Hall reopen after a major investment.

“We have also had the continuation of the Townscape Heritage Initiative, including public realm works in Causeyside Street and the restoration of Paisley Arts Centre.”

The Paisley Development Trust commissioned a feasibility study into the condition of the building, which formed the basis for the grant application.

Piero Pieraccini, the trust’s chair, added: “We would like to thank all the people who made a contribution to the funds for the feasibility study.

“We are delighted that there is a future for the building and hopefully we will be involved in that.”

The council is due to hear in November whether its stage-two application to the Scottish Government Regeneration Grant Fund has been successful. If not, other funding sources will be considered.

The Category A-listed Russell Institute sits on the corner of New Street and Causeyside Street and was opened in 1927.

It was gifted to Paisley Burgh by Miss Agnes Russell, who wanted it to be used as a child welfare clinic as a memorial to her two brothers.

The building is notable for the distinctive bronze and stone sculptures on the exterior walls, and was used as a health centre until it closed in 2011.

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Doors Open Day Paisley & Renfrewshire 2012

Doors Open day Paisley

Renfrewshire: 08 September 2012 – 09 September 2012

This is a great 2-day event across Paisley and Renfrewshire with over 50 buildings taking part, Doors Open day Paisley.

Children’s Passport Scheme – Children collect a passport highlighting buildings taking part in DOD. If they visit at least 5 buildings and get their passport stamped they will receive a prize.

Brediland Allotment Association

08.09.12 (11.00-16.00)
3 Cardell Drive, Foxbar PA2 9AD
The Brediland Allotments were established in 1916, local knowledge states it was gifted by a generous farmer.

There are 41 plots of various sizes with a section for pigeon lofts. Over the years the allotment has changed from a men only past-time to having more women, families and even the local nursery starting to grow their own food.
There has been a massive revival of interest in people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables in
recent years. As a result, Renfrewshire is starting to see the development of a number of innovative community led projects to allow people to start growing their own fresh produce.

Therefore today’s visit is an opportunity to learn more about the secret world of allotment gardening, pick up some tips on gardening which you might apply in your own garden or even gain inspiration to start a community gardening project in your own neighbourhood.

Assisted access for disabled.
Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Abbey & the Place of Paisley

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Paisley Abbey interiorAbbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JG
A stunning medieval gem, restored in the late 19C and early 20C and now with a sumptuous collection of 25 stained glass windows by 15 different artists. Tower open, access to parts of the Place of Paisley not normally open to the public. See the wonderful 10th century Barochan Cross.
Architect: Restoration by Rowand Anderson, Robert Lorimer
Building Date: 12th century onwards

Note the archaeological dig on the Abbey Drain, in Abbey Close.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Anchor Mill

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Lonend, Paisley, PA1 1TJ
Largest of the 40 Clark mill buildings on the Anchor Mills site, the Domestic Finishing Mill stands in an imposing location on the White Cart by the Hammills waterfall and forms the third of the trio of iconic buildings in this part of the town, the others being the Abbey and the Town Hall. The huge atrium space formerly
housed the engines from which drive was taken to work the equipment on each of the four floors.
Architect: Woodhouse & Morley
Building Date: 1886

Mill Bridge (off Lonend)

The iconic footbridge across the White Cart, built around 1880 is a fine example of a bow string trussed footbridge with wrought iron railings. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust in collaboration with Renfrewshire Council Planning and Transport Services, Morrison’s PLC and Historic Scotland contributed £590,000 to its restoration by Heritage Engineering.

Paisley Arts Centre

08.09.12 (09.45-16.45)
New Street, Paisley, PA1 1EZ
Built by the Town Council as Paisley’s first post-reformation church, the Arts Centre was a place of worship for nearly 250 years until it was converted to its present purpose in 1987. In keeping with Arts and Museum’s royal theme.
Architect: James Baird & John Hart
Building Date: 1736-38

The Centre will be running a drop-in arts session at which you can fashion your own crown or jester’s hat (11.00-15.00).

Children’s Passport Scheme

Paisley Central Library

08.09.12 (09.00-17.00)
High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BA
Reference library by John Honeyman, 1868-71. Lending and Children’s Libraries: Honeyman, Keppie and Mackintosh, 1904, with extension by Keppie and Henderson, 1933. Today’s reference library was the second free municipal library in Scotland, 3 years after Dundee’s. Charles Rennie Mackintosh drew the plans of today’s lending libraries in 1902. While the exterior respectfully matches the Greek Ionic of the 1868 Museum and Library by his mentor Honeyman, inside Mackintosh’s influence can be seen in the finished building in the bookcase friezes and glazed screens, the doors’ oval glass panels and in the roof trusses.
Architect: John Honeyman
Building Date: 1868, 1904, 1933

The library holds amazing archives of maps, photographs and drawings and additional exhibitions and competitions will run on the day.

Assisted access for disabled.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Community Fire Station

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Canal Street, Paisley, PA1 2HQ
This is a fantastic opportunity to take a peek inside an active fire station.
Get up close to the engines.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Martyr’s Sandyford Church

08.09.12 (10.00-15.00)
Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2PP
The union of the Martyrs and Sandyford Churches was formalised in November 2009 with the new named church maintaining a presence both at Broomlands Street and Montgomery Road, with
the Broomlands church being the one open on Doors Open Day.
Architect: Changes by T G Abercrombie, 1904-05
Building Date: 1847

Organ music will be played throughout the day.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Masonic Temple

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
68 Maxwellton Road, Paisley, PA1 2RD
Built as the clerks’ dining hall for the Ferguslie Thread Works, see fine stained glass stair window. Purchased by the Masons of Paisley in 1956/57.
Architect: Woodhouse and Morley
Building Date: 1886

Restricted disabled access.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Museum & Art Galleries and Coats Observatory

08.09.12 (11.00-16.00) – 09.09.11 (see note)
Paisley MuseumHigh Street, Paisley, PA1 2BA
Museum & Galleries: uplifting neo-Classical palace of the visual arts, gifted by Sir Peter Coats. The museum houses a number of fine collections including the largest assortment of Paisley shawls in the world.Observatory: A solar telescope, Alexander Stoddart’s bust of Newton and painted glass windows depicting famous astronomers can all be found in the observatory.Open on Sunday 14.00-17.00 for the collection of prizes only.
Architect: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh; T G Abercrombie
Building Date: 1868-81, 1902, 1915. Observatory 1883
Museum & Galleries: there will be a royal themed treasure hunt and colouring activities on Saturday.

Observatory: Guided tours will be taken at 11:30, 12:15, 15:15 and 16:30 (bookable at museum reception).

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Sheriff Court & Justice of the Peace Court

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
St James Street, Paisley, PA3 2HW
Entering the former County Buildings, one emerges into the palazzo and is confronted by the grand staircase. A 40 feet relief sculpture by John Rhind stands in the panelled County Hall. The bust by James Fillans and the exteriors raised portico by F. W. Pomeroy are further highlights. The building was extended and refurbished extensively in 1997.
Architect: Clarke & Bell, 1885-90. Baxter, Clark & Paul, 1997
Building Date: 1885-90
Assisted access for the disabled.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Threadmill Museum

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Mile End Mill, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley, PA1 1JS
More than 10,000 people used to wind and bind thread for J & P Coats in this imposing A-listed building. Six tall floors high in red brick, 18 bays long, with stair towers topped with landmark copper roofed lanterns. The building now functions as a business centre and an area of the ground floor has been provided rent free for the development of a museum devoted to the thread industry of Paisley, run by volunteers.
Architect: W J Morley of Bradford for J & P Coats
Building Date: 1899

The ground floor’s museum showcases an archive of photographs that offers a glimpse into the life of a mill worker.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Town Hall

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Abbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JG
This substantial classical building was gifted to Paisley by the Clarks, one of the town’s wealthy mill owning families. It houses a suite of grand halls and rfunction rooms and the views of the Abbey from the first floor Loggia and Balcony are stunning. The Town Hall has been at the heart of Paisley’s artistic and civic life since it opened in 1882.Disabled access via Gauze Street entrance.
Architect: W. H. Lynn
Building Date: 1872-82
Royalty will be the theme of the day in the Town Hall. You will be able to dress up as a prince or princess, king or queen, and pose in front of a green screen backdrop for a photograph that you will treasure forever (11:00-15:00).

Disabled access via Gauze Street entrance.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: Allan’s Snack Bar

08.09.12 (11:00-20:00)
6 Storie Street, Paisley, PA1 2AR
Allan’s Snack Bar is one of Paisley’s most historic and famed fish ‘n’ chips shop, and is a design gem as well.
Refreshments avaialable.

Paisley: Church of the New Jerusalem

08.09.12 (10:30-15:30)
17 George Street, Paisley, PA1 2LB
This is a good example of an early Scottish Methodist chapel. The church was purchased by the Swedenborgian Church in 1860 for £600 and was formally opened and dedicated on 15th Septem-ber 1861. In 1868 the interior was remodelled and new pews, a pulpit and stained glass windows were instated. The stained glass cost £103 and was designed by the artist Sir Noel Paton RSA, whose parents belonged to the congregation.
Building Date: 1810 and 1868
A documentary film produced by the Swedenborg Society discussing the life and work of Emanuel Swedenborg will be shown and there will be a quiz and drawing materials for children.

(Access difficult for disabled).

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: Hamishes’ Hoose

08.09.12 (11:00-23:00) – 09.09.12 (12:30-22:00)
42-46 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley, PA3 2AP
The venue will host live music on both days.
Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: John Neilson Institute

08.09.12 (10.00-14.00)
Oakshaw Street West, Paisley, PA1 2DE

This astonishing addition to Paisley’s skyline is a fabulous distortion of antique classical forms, known to locals as the “Porridge Bowl”. Originally a school bequeathed to the town by a local grocer, it has been converted into flats.
Architect: Charles Wilson
Building Date: 1849-52

The central atrium, with its statue of Diogenes by Alexander Stoddart, will be open.

Wheelchair access (difficult) assistance needed.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: Mill Bridge

08.09.12 – 09.09.12 (public walkway)
Lonend, Paisley, PA1 1JR
The iconic walkway across the White Cart, built around 1880, is a fine example of a bow string trussed footbridge with wrought iron railings. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust in collaboration with Renfrewshire Council Department of Planning and Transport, Morrison’s PLC and Historic Scotland contributed £590,000 to its restoration by Heritage Engineering.

Paisley: Oakshaw Trinity Church

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Oakshaw Street East, Paisley, PA1 2DD
The church’s steeple is one of the most pronounced on Paisley’s skyline. There are also seven notable stained glass windows: two by Oscar Paterson c. 1918; two by Alec Walker c. 1909 and 1921; and one each by Gordon Webster, 1951; Sadie McLellan, 1973; and John Clark, 1996.
Architect: John White, 1754 & 1767-70; Rennison & Scott, 1877
Building Date: 1750-56, steeple 1770
Tours will be given.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: Russell Institute

08.09.12 (10:00-16:00)
30 Causeyside Street, Paisley, PA1 1UR
Sculpture by Archibald Dawson. Reinforced concrete skeleton clad in clean-cut sandstone, this 1920s temple to child-care is fitted out with Italian marble. The building is in full use, but the entrance hall with Dawson’s busts of donor’s brothers and amazing staircase are open for inspection. It is one of the most beautiful buildings, inside and out, in Paisley.
Architect: James Steel Maitland
Building Date: 1923
‘Revisiting The Russell’, a 1920s themed event inviting three generations of Renfrewshire to share their memories of the Russell Institute, will be in full swing on the day. There will be prohibition-style cocktails, Charleston dance classes, an auction of opus couture dresses and a live jazz band with Charleston dance performances.

Restricted access.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: St Mary’s RC Church

08.09.12 (10.30-13.00)
163 George Street, Paisley, PA1 2UN
Designed by Pugin & Pugin, decorated Gothic in red sandstone.
Building Date: 1891, apse added 1905
Post war stained glass above the choir and in the apse. Church completely restored, including Watt organ.

Paisley: Tannahill’s Cottage

08.09.12 (11.00-15.00)
11 Queen Street, Paisley, PA1 2TT
The cottage was built by the father of Robert Tannahill, the “Weaver Poet” and compatriot of Robert Burns, who lived there for most of his life (1774-1810). Now home to the Paisley Burns Club, one of the oldest in the world, it reopened after a fire in 2003
Architect: James Tannahill
Building Date: 1775
View a display of Burns and Tannahill memorabilia.

Assisted access.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: The Bield (Martyrs’ Parish Church)

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
40 Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2NP
The church was named in honour of two men who were hung at Paisley Cross in 1685 for refusing to renounce the Covenant and acknowledge the King’s supremacy. The building is now the headquarters of the 7th Paisley (JNI) Scout Group.
Building Date: 1835
Activities will include archery, a climbing wall, a bouncy castle and face painting.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: The Bull Inn

08.09.12 (11.00-00.00) – 09.09.12 (12.30-00.00)
7 New Street, Paisley, PA1 1XU
Rare Art Nouveau pub with dark joinery, stained glass, cosy snugs around beautiful top lit rear lobby. A ten flat tenement towers above like an Arthur Rackham fantasy.
Architect: William D. McLennan
Building Date: 1900-01

Paisley: Wallneuk North Church

08.09.12 (11.00-15.00)
Niddry Street, Paisley, PA3 4AB
Hailed as the triumph of stylish Paisley architect Thomas Graham Abercrombie, this perpendicular Gothic creation is one
of the most powerful compositions to be found in Paisley.
Architect: Thomas Graham Abercrombie
Building Date: 1913-15

Music will be playing and tours given on the day.

Assisted disabled access.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: WASPS Studios

08.09.12 (11.00-16.00)
32 A + B, Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2NR
Wasps Studios is a charity that provides affordable studios to support artists and arts organisations, and the units in Paisley have been operating for over 20 years.
Caroline Watson will be opening up her studio for an exhibition of her multimedia artwork. Karen James will show diversity in claywork by holding a hands-on demonstration.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Ralston Community Sports Centre

08.09.12 – 09.09.12 (09.00-15.00)
Penilee Road, Paisley, PA1 3AX
Built around 1930 this is a delightful Art Deco building in the style of Thomas Tait which has in the last two years been refurbished into a community sports centre, housing a dance studio, state of the art gym and changing facilities for the synthetic football pitches which are adjacent. Its authentic balcony, downstairs reception foyer and gorgeous outdoor balcony make it an ideal function space for weddings, christenings and parties as well as being an attractive hub for the whole community.
Building Date: c. 1930

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Renfrewshire House

08.09.12 (10.00-14.00)
Renfrewshire Council HQ, Cotton Street , Paisley, PA1 1HY
Renfrewshire House is Renfrewshire Council’s Headquarters building which, in addition to its refurbished open plan offices, features a new Customer Services Centre, Marriage Suite and Council Chamber. Its focal point is the new Chamber which is suspended over the public service desks and is elliptical to embody the principles of equality and inclusive debate in local democracy.
Architect: Council’s own architects
Building Date: 1985

Customer Services and Council Chambers open.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Sma’ Shot Cottage

08.09.12 (12.00-16.00)
11/17 George Place, 14 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 2HZ
Headquarters of the energetic Old Paisley Society which has restored these cottages as a museum. 18th century weavers’ cottage and loomshop, plus Victorian interiors typical of Paisley’s historic 19th century development.
Building Date: 18-19C

The Victorian interiors tell the story of Paisley’s 19th century development.

(Wheelchair access to lower floors only).

Children’s Passport Scheme.

St James’s Church of Scotland

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Underwood Road, Paisley, PA3 1TL
Muscular Gothic revival dominated by a tall, strong steeple. A landmark but also a building of considerable architectural merit. Almost certainly this church and the accomplished treatment of the cruciform plain interior helped to win Blanc the commission for the Coats Memorial Church. Stained glass throughout the church mostly by A Ballantine & Gardiner.
Architect: Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Building Date: 1880, 1904

There will be organ music and the opportunity to try your hand at handbells.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Thomas Coats Memorial Church & Paisley Photographic Society

08.09.12 (12.00-16.00)
High Street, Paisley, PA1 9NH
Known as the “Baptist Cathedral of Europe”, this Gothic church forms the climax of the view along the High Street. The opulent interior has been excellently preserved and hosts sculptures in oak, bronze and marble. The Victorian vestry has restored stencilling and lavatories.
Architect: Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Building Date: 1894
You will be able to take in the artful surrounds to the sound of organ music. The Paisley Photographic Society will also be exhibiting their members’ photography.

Assisted access.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Doors Open day website

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Revisiting The Russell

Russell Institute

The Paisley Development trust are holding an event in the Russell Institute on the 8th of September 2012 for Renfrewshire Doors Open Weekend.

The Russell Institute was donated to the then Paisley Burgh on the March 1927. Miss Agnes Russell had the building constructed as a memorial to her two bachelor brothers, Robert and Thomas Russell who had died in 1923 and 1920. The building was donated to the people of Paisley for the wellbeing of the woman and children in the area.

Over the years it has seen a family planning clinic, dentists, de-lousing chamber and has served many more other health related services. The health board currently have the building up for sale.  The Paisley Development trust hopes to take over the Russell Institute and use it as a community hub for the benefit of the people of Paisley

The Paisley Development Trust plan to celebrate to history of the building and the people who have worked and visited the building over the years.

Russell InstituteThe event is a 1920’s themed with different activities on the day. Currently we are at very early stages of planning but we have big plans for the event. Charleston dance classes, prohibition style cocktails, live jazz band, Opus Couture dress and shoe auction. We have many other ideas in the pipeline and would also like to hear from the people of Paisley what they would like to see happen on the day of the event and the future of building in years to come.

We are looking for volunteer researchers to look into the history of the building as well as the people who have worked there, as well as visited for health care. We also want to look into the future of the Russell Institute and new ideas of what how it can be used to benefit the people of Paisley.

We are looking for three generations of Renfrewshire to come along on the day and share their memories of the Russell Institute.  The memories will be recorded and documented into a video.  If you have memories of the Russell Institute then we would like to hear from you.

If you are interested in getting involved with the project then please send an email to ian.findlay@fablevision.org You can also visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/RevisitingTheRussell