An innovative plan for a film and arts space at Paisley’s Baker Street has been overwhelmingly voted by the public as winner of the national “FutureTown” Design Competition.
Plans to transform a derelict site at Smithhills Street, close to Gilmour Street station, into a new cultural quarter include a flexible 500 seat theatre space and 5 mini-screen film theatre – GFT/ Grosvenor in style with 170 to 70 seats.
An unkempt wasteland currently greets 7 million passenger journeys passing through the town by rail. The potential to transform this site and in doing so the perception of the town is obvious and desperately needed.
A new destination; a new place will be created featuring indoor and outdoor spaces that will make full use of the space to create something truly special.
The new building (designed by award winning architects Stallan Brand) features light cannons designed to create a new skyline silhouette mirroring the famous Paisley Skyline in a contemporary way. Paisley has no better location or possess the imagination and transformational potential than Baker Street.
Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust
“We’re totally thrilled for Paisley to win this competition. It’s terrific to see Baker Street Paisley gain widespread recognition and endorsement through a national competition.
A massive thank you to everyone in Paisley, Scotland and further afield who voted for Paisley to win.
What we are creating is everyone’s. A facility, venue, space and hub for the community to use.
It continues to inspire and drive us forward when Paisley people tell us they can’t wait to pop into town again to see a movie or theatrical performance. This award will give those who voted added pride in the town and the project. “
“As we move into our next phase; we’re asking everyone to take Baker Street Paisley forward to the next level with financial backing.
Local and national government as well as Paisley supporting businesses and individuals will all have a part to play. Now is the time to get behind Baker Street Paisley – we’d be delighted to hear from you if you can help.”