Paisley Secret Collection highly praised at Architecture Awards 2018


Paisley Secret Collection was highly praised at the AJ Architecture Awards 2018.

Paisley Secret Collection has been praised by industry leaders, after missing out on the Architecture Awards in 2018.

‘Highly Commended’ by judges for the inventive nature, the collection is aiming to revitalise the high street by bringing the area’s historic collections to life.

The collection is the first publicly accessible museum store on a UK high street.

The large basement unit has thousands of items from Renfrewshire’s museum, which is not on display in the main building.

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It includes Paisley’s famous textiles, a mixture of ceramics, world cultures, social history, art and sculpture. Much of this has been unavailable to the public for decades.

The top prize went to Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre, where the basement was turned into an open performance studio to host a number of events, such as comedy and jazz.

The Architect’s Journal Architecture Awards recognise excellence in the UK. Each shortlisted project is judged by a panel and published in the Architect’s Journal.


Paisley praised at architecture awards. Photography by Thomas Nugent.

The awards ceremony took place at The Roundhouse London on December 4, with the most creative and talented leaders in architecture.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said:

“The Secret collection has been a fantastic addition to Paisley as we aim to transform our High Street and bring people into the area.

“It’s fantastic that everyone involved with this wonderful project has received industry recognition.”

The modern facilities allow everyone to explore, learn, research and discover the treasures that are hidden among the collection.

It’s a highlight of Collective Architecture’s work in transforming buildings, using a modest budget to achieve a massive impact.

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Project Architect Ewan Imrie said:

“The judges recognised the vision and bravery of the client in placing this precious facility within a very difficult central site, so that it is both accessible and a catalyst for regeneration.”

Councillor Hughes added:

“Collective brought imagination and an inspired sense of style to what could have been a purely functional space.”

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