Grant support sees Paisley landmark brought back to life
February 6 2023
A C-listed landmark in Paisley town centre is to be lent a new lease of life by Renfrewshire Council and Wellwood Leslie Architects following the release of grant funding.
The Liberal Club at 32 High Street has lain empty since 2016, during which time the grand has fallen into disrepair. Now £4.1m of public and lottery cash will be used to carry out facade repairs to the upper floors while the building owners, Jazz Chowdhary and Dr Jasmeet Singh of SC Investments, pay to repair the interior.
Cllr Andy Steel commented: “Bringing a historic building like this back into use is extremely complex – particularly where there are multiple owners in one location – and it has taken a huge amount of work from our officers to get the project to this point.
“This is a great example of how public money can unlock private-sector investment that may not otherwise have happened – the money we have brought in through our various external funders has helped get the owners into a position where they can do the rest.
“Paisley’s historic architecture is one of the town’s greatest features and over the past few years the Townscape Heritage/Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (TH.CARS) project has helped preserve large parts of it for future generations."
Planning permission has already been granted to turn the upper levels into apartments although other uses are being investigated. The grant supported element of the work includes roof and stonework repair as well as windows and guttering.