Paisley shortlisted for national ‘Great Town’ award

Wednesday 2nd May, 2018

Paisley is one of three UK towns in the running to be named ‘Great Town’ in a national awards ceremony which celebrates great placemaking.

The Academy of Urbanism Awards covers five categories of scale, including European City of the Year and Great Town, Neighbourhood, Street and Place.

This year’s awards are particularly focused on places that have been through a transformation journey from a past based predominantly on industries to new approaches for their present and future.

Paisley is the only Scottish town to be shortlisted alongside Barnsley in South Yorkshire and Chelmsford in Essex.

The town has been on a transformational journey for some time culminating in being shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021 competition.

As part of the bid legacy £100million of confirmed investment has been allocated in Paisley town centre aimed at driving new footfall, preserving the incredible architectural legacy and creating a cultural destination to attract people to live, visit and invest in the area.

Some of the projects benefiting from this funding include the £42million refurbishment of Paisley Museum and the £22million project to transform Paisley Town Hall.

A number of other successful projects have taken place in recent years to improve the town including the £3.5m THI/CARS scheme which transformed the area around Causeyside Street.

Causeyside Street was recognised by the Academy of Urbanism Awards last year when it was nominated in their Great Street category.

A team of academicians will now travel to each finalist location and compile a report based on The Academy of Urbanism Award’s assessment criteria before a vote to determine the winner in each category.

The winners will be announced at The Academy’s Awards Ceremony event which will take place on 7 November 2018.

Explore Paisley's amazing sights and sounds

Paisley has the highest concentration of listed buildings in Scotland after Edinburgh. A stroll through the town centre takes you past the ancient Abbey, past the splendid Thomas Coats Memorial Church, past the Paisley Museum and Art Galleries. The town also has a thriving arts scene. There is, plainly, a lot going on.

Russell Leadbetter
Senior Features Writer
Sunday Herald

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