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March 16 2015

Johnstone Town hall readied for grand unveil
Renfrewshire Council are preparing to open the doors to Johnstone Town Hall this week, following completion of construction work at the £14.5m civic building.

A phased opening of the glass and stone structure will begin from Monday 23 March, offering a range of facilities including a theatre, library, café and conference rooms all arranged off a central ‘high street’.

Accommodation is also provided for Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support with Renfrewshire Council offices and a dance studio located on the upper level.

Councillor James Harte said: “The project has been completed on budget and on schedule and we are thrilled to finally be able to open the doors.

“Johnstone residents have watched the new building rise from the ground over the past two years and this week will be their first chance to have a look around.

“The council has made a massive financial commitment to the project to help drive the regeneration of Johnstone and the building has changed the face of the entire town centre.”

The town hall was designed on-house by Renfrewshire Council and delivered by Holmes Miller and BAM.
A hall and theatre space are incorporated within the build
A hall and theatre space are incorporated within the build
An internal street will provide access to facilities and services
An internal street will provide access to facilities and services

Some functions won't be available for public use until May
Some functions won't be available for public use until May
The civic hub is intended to boost regeneration in the Renfrewshire town
The civic hub is intended to boost regeneration in the Renfrewshire town

12 Comments

Roddy
#1 Posted by Roddy on 16 Mar 2015 at 21:50 PM
This looks like a tidy build of a fairly tidy little building. I'd be interested to see what kind of civic space lies in front of this. From the images above it seems a bit spartan .

Excellent to see this investment take form .
spook
#2 Posted by spook on 17 Mar 2015 at 14:09 PM
looks awful.....designed by a 5 year old....Typical council

Does not integrate with the town and has caused a lot of degeneration of existing retail prior to any possible regeneration!
spook
#3 Posted by spook on 17 Mar 2015 at 14:17 PM
Most important part about the context is Ludovic square and the building has not nothing addressed it...

The Architect involved has missed (overlooked) important aspects of the town context...

Roddy
#4 Posted by Roddy on 18 Mar 2015 at 10:54 AM
@#3 Spook
What specifically about the building do you feel has not addressed the immediate or wider context?
spook
#5 Posted by spook on 18 Mar 2015 at 13:44 PM
@#Roddy
Does not address the lovely public square...it almost turns its back on it.

As for the gesture at the Marriage suite.....horrendous.
Roddy
#6 Posted by Roddy on 19 Mar 2015 at 03:28 AM
If available a wee site plan would be handy to put it in context. UR?
spook
#7 Posted by spook on 19 Mar 2015 at 12:43 PM
Photos show great views at either end of the 'street'.....
spook
#8 Posted by spook on 23 Mar 2015 at 11:28 AM
http://inhabitat.com/fietsenpakhuis-netherlands-town-builds-a-stylish-bike-warehouse-to-store-700-bicycles-for-free/
spook
#9 Posted by spook on 23 Mar 2015 at 11:29 AM
One giant bike shed for Johnstone!
Art Vandelay
#10 Posted by Art Vandelay on 23 Mar 2015 at 11:58 AM
What's your point? That it happens to look like another building? I don't get it.
j hall
#11 Posted by j hall on 23 Mar 2015 at 13:54 PM
somebody has been to see the transport musuem
kojak
#12 Posted by kojak on 26 Mar 2015 at 14:45 PM
poor man's transport museum

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