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Fun day to mark end of £1m town centre work

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Fun day to mark end of £1m town centre work

Renfrewshire Council is throwing a party to celebrate the end of a £1m investment which has transformed a section of Paisley town centre.

A family fun day will be held in Paisley’s Johnston Street on Saturday 14 September to show off the work carried out as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative.

The event is on from noon to 5pm and includes a stage hosted by Pulse FM, giant games, kids’ entertainment, face painting, traditional building workshops and raffles with prizes from local firms.

Acts set to perform on the stage include boy-band Supanova and singers Carrie Mac and Murdo Mitchell.

The day out is intended as a thank-you to residents and traders in the area for their patience while the work was being carried out.

Saturday’s event will coincide with Doors Open Day, which takes place in Renfrewshire over the weekend, and will see around 60 buildings around the district giving residents and visitors a peek behind the scenes.

Since the turn of the year, the seven-figure sum has been invested in the area around Causeyside Street during the public realm works.

This has included wider pavements, landscaping, new trees, and improved parking and loading bays for residents, shoppers and traders.

Paisley-THIThe work has been designed to reflect Paisley’s rich industrial heritage, with special features including a Paisley Pattern set into stone at the junction of Johnston Street and Gordon Street, as well as carved feature strips showing mill workers’ trades.

The overall project is being funded by Renfrewshire Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Historic Scotland.

Councillor Terry Kelly, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, said: “The council and its partners have made a significant investment in this part of the town over the past year, and this event is a way of showing that off.

“Our staff and contractors went to great lengths during the project to minimise disruption to residents and traders, and we are grateful for their co-operation.

“We have laid on a great programme of activities for Saturday afternoon, and I would encourage all residents to get themselves down to Johnston Street, check out the quality of the work, and enjoy the entertainment.”

The Causeyside Street work took place as part of the wider Townscape Heritage Initiative/Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, which is a £3.5m project to help restore important built heritage within Paisley town centre.

The project has already involved a £500k restoration of the B-listed Paisley Arts Centre, completed last year, and includes current work to revamp a C-listed building in Forbes Place.

It also includes a grant scheme where retail businesses within the project area can apply for up to 90% of the costs of restoring traditionally-designed shopfronts.

Content Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Doors Open Day 2013 will be chance to get into buildings

Doors Open Day 2013 will be chance to get into buildings

An annual celebration of Renfrewshire’s fascinating architectural history will return later this year – and organisers are looking for buildings to add to the list.

Doors Open Day is a showcase of the country’s built heritage, where visitors take a peek through the keyhole at hundreds of Scotland’s buildings for free.

This year’s event takes place on 14 and 15 September and will be the 20th anniversary of Renfrewshire’s participation.

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Local buildings set to throw open their doors on the day include Paisley Abbey, the council chambers at Renfrewshire House, local churches and fire stations.

But organisers are looking for local buildings of historical or architectural significance which have not taken part before to come forward for this year’s event, which is supported by Renfrewshire Council.

Councillor Terry Kelly, Convener of the council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, said: “The idea behind Doors Open Day is to show people the hidden gems that link present-day Renfrewshire to its past.

“Renfrewshire has an architectural heritage to be proud of, and Doors Open Day gives residents a glimpse of the fascinating history on their own doorstep.

“While there are many local buildings that prove popular with visitors every Doors Open Day, we would love to add new attractions to our list.

Paisley Abbey interior“We are keen to hear from the owners or managers of interesting buildings throughout Renfrewshire.

“If you would like to offer or recommend a building to add to Doors Open Day, please call 0141 618 6794 or email towncentres@renfrewshire.gov.uk by the end of May.”

Doors Open Day is part of a wider Europe-wide celebration of built heritage, and sees over 50 countries take part, with over 20 million visits annually.

The Renfrewshire event will feature a competition for children to have their passport ‘stamped’ as they visit different venues, and will have a fun historical theme.

The council will also be running a photo competition with visitors encouraged to share their pictures of the buildings on social media.

For more information about the national event, visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk

 

You can download the Doors Open Day Leaflet for the Renfrewshire area by clicking here..