The Old Fire Station

 

Brief

Commissioned by local developer Ferenze to develop designs to convert the listed former Fire Station into mixed use residential and commercial accommodation.

Main Outcomes

15 flats in a mix of sizes, including a penthouse duplex with roof terrace.

Negotiated the Planning and Listed Buildings Consent process to a successful outcome.

Extensive stonework and roofing repairs were carried out..

Extensive stonework and roofing repairs were carried out..

Paisley’s historic Old Fire Station is a local landmark, with it’s distinctive hose-drying tower and corner turret sitting close to one of the town’s main thoroughfares.

The listed building had been empty for some years since the construction of a new fire station in nearby Canal Street. Vellow Wood worked with Ferenze Developments to design a new future for for the building. Whilst Ferenze made a significant investment in repairing the building fabric from it’s previous derelict state - resulting in it being taken off the ‘At Risk’ category in the Buildings At Risk Register, Vellow Wood created plans to convert the building and add an enabling infill development to the adjacent gap site.

Landmark buildings are among the most memorable for local people and form a key part of Paisley’s proud architectural heritage. Guaranteeing the future of meaningful places like this is something Vellow Wood loves to be part of.

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The extension portion will site between the Fire Station and the neighbouring St Matthew’s Church, and is designed to be sympathetic to the historic architecture of the original.

Planning Permission was approved at the August meeting of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning Board, with two Councillors reporting their delight at seeing plans to save the building move forward.

Proposed elevation to Gordon Street, with the new extension on the left.

Proposed elevation to Gordon Street, with the new extension on the left.

 
DevelopmentPhilip Benton