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April 16 2013

Johnstone town hall works commence on site
Work to build a £14.5m town hall in Johnstone has advanced with Hub West Scotland and BAM Construction moving on site to demolish the existing town hall and library, ahead of a planned start on construction this autumn.

Designed by Renfrewshire Council and delivered by Holmes Miller the plans are somewhat revised from earlier designs following the conclusion of a public consultation exercise.

This sees greater emphasis placed on the use of natural stone, slate and timber together with public realm improvements to the neighbouring Ludovic Square, more references to Johnstone’s history and additional parking spaces.

The new town hall will still incorporate a replacement library as well as a theatre, marriage suite and café in addition to clustering council services such as housing and social work.

Strathclyde Police and MacMillan Cancer Support will also be based in the building when it opens its doors in spring 2015.
Improved pedestrian links to Houstoun Square and Ludovic Square will be created
Improved pedestrian links to Houstoun Square and Ludovic Square will be created
New lighting, paving and street furniture will complement the new building
New lighting, paving and street furniture will complement the new building

Renfrewshire Council will consolidate existing services on the site
Renfrewshire Council will consolidate existing services on the site

3 Comments

Lee Ivett
#1 Posted by Lee Ivett on 16 Apr 2013 at 21:31 PM
I am unsure what the point of the public consultation was because this scheme appears much worse than the previous iteration. Two of the elevations have the appearance of a low grade modern housing scheme and the glazed gable elements seem to have a very uncomfortable junctions with the stone elements of the building
Phyliss Stein
#2 Posted by Phyliss Stein on 17 Apr 2013 at 12:23 PM
Maybe they were consulting on whether retention / refurbishment / extension of the existing buildings would be a more sustainable and aestheticallly pleasing otpion than this?
Craig
#3 Posted by Craig on 30 May 2013 at 17:04 PM
I think this design should be given a chance as anything is an improvement from the old town hall and swimming pool. I am excited to see the new development being built but I don't think the idea of all the services in the one building is the best idea.

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