Russell Institute Restoration

Our Teams completed work on the restoration and refurbishment of this iconic Grade “A” Listed Building in Paisley Town Centre in 2017. The Project has transformed the building into an Employability Hub, providing flexible office space for Skills Development Scotland staff and the Council’s own “Invest in Renfrewshire” Team

The 3 storey building, which opened in 1927, was originally a Children's Welfare Clinic and was designed by noted architect James Steel Maitland. When it was constructed, the Russell Institute made architectural history by having the first skeleton fabric of reinforced concrete in the West of Scotland.

The Project involved the conservation and refurbishment of the building including:

  • Replacement of M&E Services, including complete refurbishment of original lift
  • Stonework Repairs
  • Concrete repairs to original fabric
  • Conservation and Preservation of original features, fixtures and fittings including marble clad reception area, balustrades, doors, parquet flooring etc.
  • Repair and restoration of all original bronze framed windows and replacement where necessary
  • Hard Landscaping to create outdoor areas to rear
  • Reconfiguration of spaces to create open plan office space as well as self contained private offices, meeting and interview rooms
  • Repairs to Joinerwork including timber beads, timber facings and timber dado rails.
  • Retaining and Refurbishing existing Ironmongery
  • Installation of Kitchens and bathrooms on each floor
  • Construction of a top storey dormer “pod” extension to create a contemporary break out space.