Renfrewshire councilors were asked to approve the appointment of Kier Construction yesterday. The contractor got assigned for the Paisley Museum project and a paper was presented to the council’s finance, resources and customer services policy board.
The authorization of awarding the £23m contract to Kier was done and the paper was approved with negotiations that moved the process to the final stage. This is with a view to formally appoint the contractor in the coming weeks.
This resulted in work beginning on site in early summer with construction likely to be completed by late 2022, reopening to the public in 2023. Besides, the project secured funding in January 2020.
In the procurement process, a programme of community benefits was requested. Kier Construction has agreed to offer a number of local employment opportunities, business advice and support to local SMEs, work experience placements, social enterprises.
There is also a commitment to ensure that supply chain opportunities are prioritized for Renfrewshire-based businesses. The £42m redevelopment of the museum is the signature project in Paisley’s regeneration.
The redevelopment includes the town’s A-listed town hall and a new learning and cultural hub housing library services on the high street. The museum redesign is expected to attract around 128,000 visitors a year when it reopens.