Fire­house makeover plan gets green light

Plan­ning bosses ap­prove theatre and bistro pro­posal

Paisley Daily Express - - House Home - Chris Tay­lor

Pais­ley’s Vic­to­rian fire­house’s trans­for­ma­tion into a theatre and bistro is a step closer af­ter plan­ners gave the green light to pro­pos­als.

Char­ity Out­spo­ken Arts wants to bring the B-listed town cen­tre sta­tion back into use.

The cause had sub­mit­ted pro­pos­als to over­haul the Gor­don Street block as part of the failed City of Cul­ture bid.

Fraser Car­lin, Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil’s head of plan­ning and hous­ing, sig­nalled work should still go ahead in a re­port to coun­cil­lors.

He said: “It is claimed that the de­sign in­tent is to re­spect and ex­pose as many el­e­ments of the ex­ist­ing build­ing as prac­ti­cal, pro­vid­ing an in­ter­est­ing back­drop to the venue.

“The in­ter­nal al­ter­ations to the ground­floor con­sist mainly of the in­ser­tion of a new WC block, the cre­ation of a kitchen and servery and the con­ver­sion of ex­ist­ing spa­ces into of­fice and an­cil­lary ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“The orig­i­nal con­crete and flag­stone floor, form­ing the ma­jor­ity of the en­gine hall, would be re­tained.

“The only ex­ter­nal area pro­posed as part of the ap­pli­ca­tion is the cre­ation of a small of­fice to the rear of the build­ing.

“Over­all, the pro­pos­als would se­cure the re-use of a prom­i­nent va­cant build­ing within Pais­ley, in a man­ner which re­spects the char­ac­ter and ap­pear­ance of the con­ser­va­tion area and which has due re­gard to the set­ting of the listed build­ing it­self and those in the wider vicin­ity.

“His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land wel­come this pro­pos­als which it states will help bring this im­por­tant land­mark build­ing back into use af­ter more than two decades of dere­lic­tion.”

The lo­cal au­thor­ity has ap­proved a listed build­ing ap­pli­ca­tion needed to make changes to the site.

Fereneze De­vel­op­ments builders moved in last spring to start im­prove­ments on the block, which will in­clude of­fice space on the up­per lev­els.

Out­spo­ken Arts, a Glas­gow-based LGBT char­ity, wants to build a cafe with space for 104 din­ers, with a stage to the front of the build­ing.

In­gram Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign has drawn up blue­prints, with the project branded, “vin­tage with con­tem­po­rary in­ser­tions”.

It stated: “The pro­pos­als would in­clude the use of the venue as a day­time cafe and so­cial en­ter­prise, with evening uses as a per­for­mance venue for mu­sic, spo­ken word, screen­ings and ex­hi­bi­tions.”

The cor­ner build­ing was the town’s fire sta­tion, but was sold to de­vel­op­ers in 1992.

Strath­clyde Re­gional Coun­cil had put it up for sale af­ter us­ing is as a store.

A num­ber of at­tempts to re­fur­bish the build­ing failed af­ter rot set in.

It was put up for sale at auc­tion through Auc­tion House Scot­land at a guide price of £50,000-plus five years ago.

Plan­ners have yet to rule on a build­ing ap­pli­ca­tion with a de­ci­sion due in the com­ing weeks.

Progress The old fire­house build­ing is set to be trans­formed

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