Work to transform historic Paisley department store into new housing begins
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February 18 2014Arnotts department store into 31 flats for shared equity or rent has begun in earnest with main contractor Westpoint Homes moving on site.
Led by Renfrewshire Council and the Link Group the scheme will entail refurbishment of the listed Gauze Street façade alongside a new-build element designed by Cooper Cromar incorporating private parking and gardens.
Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan said: “With work also under way on the third block of flats in Westpoint Homes’ The Cloisters development across the road, the council’s vision of an Abbey Quarter is fast becoming reality.
“SPT have this week confirmed a £1.9m investment in improved bus infrastructure in the street surrounding the Piazza, while the council last year successfully secured £2m to restore the Russell Institute.
“And most significantly of all, the council is now taking forward its ambitious master plan for a multi-million pound investment which will use Paisley’s heritage to transform the area’s tourist potential.”
Construction work is expected to conclude by spring 2015.
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