Paisley Museum to undergo major transformation

Paisley Museum has been given the go-ahead to start renovation and extension works in 2020. Appointed by Renfrewshire Council, Currie & Brown is providing project management services across the project.

Originally designed by renowned architect Sir John Honeyman, the building was gifted to the town of Paisley in 1871 and transformed into the current museum. The new design, unveiled by architects AL_A, complements the existing Victorian building with a blend of modern textures.

The extension to the museum will create a new wing adjacent to the Coats Observatory, a fully accessible entrance hall and freshly landscaped gardens. Internal renovations will create additional museum space in what was originally Paisley Central Library. The scheme is Renfrewshire Council’s flagship project as part of its investment into cultural venues and outdoor spaces.

Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s communities, housing and planning board, said: “The designs which have been produced blend the old and the new – they will create a 21st century visitor experience while preserving a key part of our fantastic architectural legacy, and ensure this much-loved building can stay at the heart of life in the area for generations to come. Paisley’s name is already known around the world – and when the museum reopens in 2022 it will allow us to invite the world to come back to Paisley.”

George Webb, director at Currie & Brown, added: “We are delighted to have been appointed on the reimagining of Paisley Museum. The project will be a huge boost to the Scottish tourist industry in a town rich in architectural detail, famed across the globe for its pattern and thread-making.”

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