Big reveal expected as scaffolding comes down from Russell Institute
Excitement is building as scaffolding on one of Paisley’s magnificent architectural gems - the Russell Institute – starts to comes down. The scaffold had been covered in messages of support for our UK City of Culture bid, taken from quotes of members of the public on social media as part of the Paisley Daily Express-led #WhyILovePaisley campaign. It got us thinking what the building used to look like.
Now that renovation work on the outside of the former health centre is nearing completion, specialist teams are moving inside to continue the refurbishment. It’s expected to be finished next year and we can’t wait to see it brought back to its former glory.
The £5m revamp is being led by Renfrewshire Council and is funded by the Scottish Government through the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council.
The renovated Russell Institute is due to reopen as a skills and employability hub, with the Scottish Government’s training arm Skills Development Scotland as the anchor tenants, bringing new jobs into the town centre.