PAISLEY’S historic town hall is set for a massive £1.6 million facelift.
Major work is set to get under way in early July to get it looking spick and span in time for next year’s National Mòd.
And council chiefs hope the project will boost jobs, create training opportunities and make it easier for people with disabilities to enjoy the entertainment and meetings venue.
Councillor Iain McMillan, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said: “The Victorians gifted us an amazing architectural legacy.
“It’s a heritage that Renfrewshire Council is determined to preserve and improve.
“This refurbishment programme gives us an opportunity to create jobs and training places while also making one of our top entertainment venues much more accessible for people with disabilities.
“Paisley Town Hall will be shrouded in scaffolding for nine months but will emerge ready to face the next 100 years.
“It’s important to use investment in our architectural heritage to take forward economic regeneration and this programme achieves that aim.”
The refurbishment work is expected to start on July 9 and it is hoped that it will be completed well before Paisley hosts the Mòd in October 2013.
Among the changes planned in the makeover are repairs to the town hall’s stonework; a new more accessible, entrance for improved disabled access; a remodelled foyer, and the creation of new interior space from the existing cloisters.
Renfrewshire Council has awarded the contract for the nine-month refurbishment to Central Building Contractors (Glasgow) Ltd.
As part of the contract, two new jobs will be created, three work placements will be established for 16 to 19-year-olds, and two existing apprenticeships will be continued.
The council said the programme will act as the driver for various N/SVQ qualifications and training courses in supervision, leadership and management and advanced health and safety.
The refurbishment work will also provide support for the STEP UP programme which helps young people develop life skills through a variety of training and workshops.
Paisley Town Hall was completed in 1882 after funding was provided by George Clark, a member of the famous thread-making family.
In 1873, he left £20,000 in his will to pay for the construction costs.