Kier, a leading provider of construction and infrastructure services, has this week broken ground at Paisley Museum to deliver a £42m extension and transformation project. Appointed by Renfrewshire Council, these works support the ambitions of Paisley Museum reimagined to make the venue a key cultural destination in Scotland with visitor numbers expected to quadruple to 128,000 annually.

This project will see work take place to redevelop the four buildings which make up the site, which includes two grade A listed buildings, one being Scotland’s first public Observatory, The works will provide improved accessibility, with the new west wing providing step-free access through the museum. The adjacent building, a former library will be converted into a new space to house objects from Paisley's internationally-significant collections and there will also be a new red glazed entrance hall, café, shop and learning spaces within the building.

Kier and its local supply chain partners will carry out restoration works internally and externally to preserve a number of the museum’s architectural features.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2022, with the museum opening to the public in 2023.

Phil McDowell, regional director for Kier Regional Building North & Scotland, said: “We know that Paisley museum is important to the local community as well as being a significant cultural destination in Scotland and we are delighted to start on site to expand and transform the building.

"Over the duration of the project, we will work collaboratively with Renfrewshire Council and local supply chain partners to deliver this project.  As part of our commitment to leaving lasting legacies in areas in which we build, we will also be providing job, training and apprenticeship opportunities.”

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “The beginning of work starting on site is a major step forward in our journey to transform Paisley Museum into a world-class destination, bringing in visitors from across Scotland, the UK and abroad.

“The project is part of a wider investment by the council in Paisley’s venues to transform the town centre and take the work already done to make the town a key cultural destination within Scotland to a new level.”

This project award builds upon Kier’s experience in the heritage sector, with other projects being delivered in Scotland, including the Burrell Museum, Citizens Theatre and Granton Station.

CGI of Paisley Museum transformation project

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