An Uplifting Tale – Building Works Update

Aerial view of Paisley Museum’s many roofs, including the new west extension

The installation of the custom-made red glass panes at the new entrance is now complete. Made with bespoke glass imported from Germany, this structure will ensure easy and step-free access to the museum while casting a beautiful pink hue inside when the sun shines through the panes. This effect will create an inviting welcome to gallery spaces.

Paisley Museum has waited over 150 years for a lift shaft to connect all the levels of the Museum and now it has two. In the west extension, the lift shaft is now ready for the installation of the spacious passenger and goods lifts. To the east of the building, contractors are in the process of pouring concrete and erecting steelwork to create a second lift shaft structure that will provide direct access to the new learning space.

A reflection of Paisley’s High Street on the stunning glass panels

We are pleased to say that progress on the replacement and reglazing of all 27 roofs, including 23 originals, is on track and nearing completion over several galleries. Additionally, the double-glazed roof lights above the Factory Hall (working title) galleries are approaching their finishing touches.

Construction contractor Kier plan to have the building wind and watertight by the end of November. Importantly, this will allow the team to progress internal repair work required for historic finishes that have been damaged by decades of water ingress. This work has already commenced in Galleries 1–5 and we are pleased with the progress.

Landscaping work has begun to the south of the Oakshaw properties and the Observatory. As soon as the crane and scaffolding are removed from the site this will enable our teams to get to work on creating Paisley Museum’s inaugural garden.

Our exhibition contractors have started manufacturing bespoke display components including display cases and furniture, object mounts and digital interactives. Many of these displays require complex techniques to ensure that the stories are told in the most impactful manner. This includes no fewer than 67 audio-visual displays, allowing visitors to explore our shared history through additional information, films, and even interactive games.

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