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Green light for £42m Paisley Museum project as planning permission granted

Plans to turn Paisley Museum into a world-class destination expected to bring huge volumes of new life and footfall to the town centre have taken a step forward - after planning permission was granted.

The Category A-listed Victorian building is being transformed into a leading European museum telling the unique stories of a town known around the world for the Pattern which carries its name.

Members of Renfrewshire Council's Communities, Housing and Planning Board today gave the green light to planning permission for an extension and external alterations plus listed building consent - meaning work can start next year.

The reimagined museum is expected to draw audiences of 125,000 people a year - almost four times current numbers - from Scotland, the UK and abroad when it reopens in 2022

What's being built?

The designs produced by AL_A - led by Stirling Prize winner Amanda Levete - include:

Paisley Museum new interior 1 - a fully-accessible entrance courtyard and dramatic red glazed entrance hall, creating a dynamic and inviting presence on the High Street and a contemporary face for the museum;

- a new wing to the west of the existing building providing step-free access through the museum to the Coats Observatory (the oldest public observatory in Scotland);

- an attractive outdoor garden, creating a new public space for the town, and opening up previously-hidden views of the observatory while reconnecting it and the museum to the town's High Street;

- internal renovations to improve accessibility and circulation and extend the museum into the space formerly occupied by Paisley Central Library, allowing the museum to more than double the number of objects on display to 1,200;

- an interactive weaving studio keeping alive the town's traditional textile skills;

The Paisley Museum Reimagined scheme is the flagship project within Renfrewshire Council's £100m investment in cultural venues and outdoor spaces - designed to use the town's internationally-significant cultural and heritage story to change its future.

The project is expected to create a £79m boost for the local economy over 30 years, with 138 jobs supported during construction, and 48.5 jobs per year through revenue and visitor spending.

It already includes Round One funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with funding confirmed from the Scottish Government, and their Regeneration Capital Grant Fund. Paisley Museum Reimagined Ltd has been set up as a new fundraising company to oversee the project's fundraising strategy and capital appeal.

Article added: Tuesday 29 October