Plans have been approved by Renfrewshire Council which could safeguard the future of one of Paisley’s best loved buildings, Thomas Coats Memorial Church. The project would see the church transformed into a world class events and entertainment venue to be used for arts performances, concerts and weddings as well as a range of community activities.

The man behind the project is Paisley property developer Ian Henderson, “I have long been an admirer of this stunning building and like many Buddies, I am concerned that it may be lost to future generations if action isn’t taken quickly,” said Ian. As well as creating a world class venue for the arts and events, this proposal would also allow the continuation of University of West Scotland graduations at the church. “Preserving this magnificent and historically important building now will bring benefits to all in the community.”

Speaking on behalf of the existing trustees, Allan Driver, said: “The existing trustees have spent a significant number of years trying to find a sustainable solution which will safeguard the future of the building, which is too important to be lost to the people of Paisley. Of all the options investigated, this is the proposal which we believe provides the most secure future for Thomas Coats Memorial Church.”