Renfrewshire Council in Scotland is deciding whether to approve funding to repair two historic buildings in its town centre.
The local authority’s Leadership Board will decide whether to award £615,000 of the Townscape Heritage/Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme to give 44 High Street and 3 County Place a new lease of life, Renfrewshire24 reported.
The former requires a grant of £255,000 for improvements to the building structure and shopfront in order to enable the building, which is where several businesses are located, to be overhauled.
The latter needs funding of up to £360,000, which will go towards £630,000 of external repairs. These will transform the C-listed building, situated opposite Paisley Gilmour Street station.
After the structural work is complete, the top floors of the building will be converted into four new flats.
Iain Nicholson, Renfrewshire Council leader, told the publication: “Paisley town centre is fortunate to have a wonderful collection of historic buildings but sadly some of them have been allowed to fall into disrepair.”
He went on to say: “Should these two projects be approved, they will transform the look of two prominent sites in the town, which we hope will, in turn, encourage others to invest.”
These projects come as part of a five-year scheme to restore buildings, improve shopfronts, and make important changes to the streets by 2021.
In addition to this, £100 million is being invested into the town centre to transform its cultural venues and outdoor spaces. Paisley Museum is expected to be turned into a world-class exhibition centre, as a result.
Last year, the Museums Association signed a letter published in the Times asking the government to increase its investment to repair museum buildings in the UK, as rising visitor numbers, together with cuts to the sector, mean museums are finding it difficult to keep up with maintenance jobs.
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