Bulldozers make major progress in knocking down old office block in Paisley

An image showing progress at the Lonend site last week
-Credit: (Image: Andrew Neil)

Bulldozers have made major progress in knocking down an old office block in Paisley in recent days – with flats planned for the site.

Work has taken place to flatten the former Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) building at Lonend, which closed in 2018 and has lain empty ever since. Central Demolition has fenced off the area, with signs in place warning people to keep out as the property is pulled to the ground.

Proposals to raze the block and build 67 flats in its place were given the green light at Renfrewshire Council's planning and climate change policy board in August 2022. Councillor Carolann Davidson, Labour representative for Paisley East and Central, said she was encouraged to see the progress being made at the location.

She told the Paisley Daily Express: "In 2022 I was on the planning board when it first came up, but I came off to let Councillor Ben Smith on and I went on to communities and housing. I did ask why they weren't just going to convert the building at the time rather than knock it down, but apparently it basically wasn't wind and watertight.

"It's a prime location. It was lying empty for quite a few years. It wasn't actually used for very long. Considering how new it was, it literally wasn't used by the DWP for very long. It's good for the town centre that progress is being made and getting people living in the town centre will hopefully get more businesses in because there's too many places that have had to close."

The site is bordered by flats to the north, the Watermill Hotel and White Cart to the east, Mecca Bingo to the south-east, a public car park to the south and further residential development to the west. Council officers have previously said the block needed to be knocked down to make the site viable for development.

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