Paisley

Towards the end of last year i spent a few days taking photographs of various sites in Paisley for Renfrewshire Council. The commission coincided with Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, and it is great news that the town’s fortunes are looking up since being selected for the final shortlist alongside Coventry, Sunderland, Swansea and Stoke On Trent. The town has a powerful story, its great architecture emerging from its trade, industrial and religious foundations.  At the time I took these photographs there was already a cultural momentum and sense of pride, and a newfound energy rising in the town. The brief I was given asked for 15 landmarks to be  photographed to highlight both the fantastic wealth of grand architecture, heritage and cultural assets, as well as some hidden gems and buildings that urgently needed regeneration, and it is great to see buildings such as the Russell Institute with its iconic Sculptures ( see top )  refurbished and brought back to new life and repurposed such as in this case by Page & Park Architects, as a skills and employability hub central to redefining the towns outlook. Good Luck Paisley!

Paisley Town Hall

Abbey Mill Housing, Paisley – shot for Renfrewshire Council

Thomas Coats Memorial Church

Oakshaw Trinity Church