The Russell Institute has been emblazoned with slogans supporting Paisley’s City Of Culture bid as repair works get underway.

The art deco landmark is undergoing a £5 million year-long revamp to bring it back into public use.

Scaffolding surrounding the 1927 building has been transformed into a brightly-coloured billboard to boost morale across the town.

The 600-square-metre covering features positive messages from our #WhyILovePaisley campaign and was unveiled by Provost Anne Hall.

She told the Paisley Daily Express : “One of the key themes of Paisley’s UK City of Culture bid is in making the most of our unique cultural and built heritage – so it is nice to be able to spread the Paisley 2021 word across one of the town’s architectural gems while it is being worked on.

The Russell Institute has been emblazoned with slogans supporting Paisley’s City Of Culture bid as repair works get underway.

The art deco landmark is undergoing a £5 million year-long revamp to bring it back into public use.

Scaffolding surrounding the 1927 building has been transformed into a brightly-coloured billboard to boost morale across the town.

The 600-square-metre covering features positive messages from our #WhyILovePaisley campaign and was unveiled by Provost Anne Hall.

She told the Paisley Daily Express : “One of the key themes of Paisley’s UK City of Culture bid is in making the most of our unique cultural and built heritage – so it is nice to be able to spread the Paisley 2021 word across one of the town’s architectural gems while it is being worked on.

“The wrap itself is helping to showcase some of the things that make Paisley great to residents and visitors alike in the year before the bid is lodged with the UK government.

“Causeyside Street is one of the town’s busiest streets anyway and there has been major investment in the street in recent years – so there are few better places to help spread that message than here.

“It was great to get to meet some of the people whose thoughts have been captured on the building and I am sure they will enjoy seeing their words emblazoned up there every time they drive by.”

The 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.

Locals joined the civic leader to reveal the giant poster, including marketing boss Evelyn Laurie who hailed Paisley as a “town of artists”.

Business analyst Graeme Rogerson, 34, and four-month-old daughter Zoe celebrated the “fantastic people and brilliant atmosphere”.

And financial advisor Robert Allan, 26, sounded-off about the “real buzz” sweeping the region.

Graeme said: “I’m an adopted Buddie and moved here after I met my wife.

“There’s an influx of new shops opening up and they’re different from anything else in the big shopping centres.

“I really love it, the town is starting to get an independent feel about it.”

Evelyn has stirred-up good spirit in the town by Tweeting using #PositivePaisley.

She added: “I had to speak out because I just get fed-up of people having a go at the place.

“The people who live here know exactly how great it can be.”

The repairs are being funded by the Scottish Government through the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council.

Staff from the council’s successful Invest in Renfrewshire scheme to tackle unemployment will also be based in the
building.

Source: Daily Record

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