AMBITIOUS plans to transform a vacant shop on Paisley’s High Street into a vibrant community hub are taking shape.

The heart of the High Street is to be transformed by summer 2021 through the construction of the £7million Learning and Cultural Hub.

And, today, Buddies can enjoy a glimpse of the future as a new image shows how the building will look.

The construction phase will involve a complete remodelling of the four-storey building at 22a High Street, with a new, modern-looking frontage, children’s library and IT suite.

The building will provide a digitally-connected home for a range of services, including those currently offered at Paisley Central Library.

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Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, which will operate the facility, said: “We are delighted to be able to reveal this image, which shows a modern and accessible community resource for people of all ages to learn and be inspired.

“We are putting the power of culture to change lives at the heart of everything we do, so putting a building offering library services at the heart of Paisley High Street is a bold statement of intent.

“The Learning and Cultural Hub will bring back into use a building which had been empty for some time and had been allowed to deteriorate by previous owners.

“The future for Paisley town centre is in finding new ways to repopulate vacant retail units with cultural, leisure and community uses which will give people a reason to come into the town centre.

“As well as hosting library services, it will be able to host events and book readings – helping bring footfall into the High Street and supporting surrounding businesses.”

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