Russell Institute, Paisley. Page and Park Architects

Photographs of various sites in Paisley for Renfrewshire Council. The commission coincided with Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, being selected for the final shortlist alongside Coventry ( which won the title ), 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 cultural momentum, sense of pride, and a newfound energy was rising in the town. The brief asked for 15 landmarks to be photographed to highlight both the fantastic wealth of grand architecture and heritage assets, as well as hidden gems and buildings that urgently needed a new lease of life with refurbishment plans underway. It is great to see buildings such as the Russell Institute with its iconic sculptures ( see top ) brought back to new life and repurposed by Page & Park Architects, as a skills and employability hub. In 2018 I revisited Paisley to take a photography workshop with local participants as part of the Doors Open Day weekend.

Paisley Town Hall
Abbey Mill Housing, Paisley – shot for Renfrewshire Council
Thomas Coats Memorial Church
Oakshaw Trinity Church
Fountain Gardens
Sculptural Stonework – Russell Institute