St Paul’s Church in Perth is set to open in the spring of next year after progress on the project to turn the landmark into an open events space.
It is more than two years since work began on what was promised by Perth and Kinross Council to be a 60-week programme to transform the dilapidated church on Perth’s Old High Street into a space that might host the Perth Farmers’ Market and other events.
The council took the unusual step of deciding to purchase the building in January 2017, saying it provided an opportunity to not only save St Paul’s, but also to help make a real feature of this part of Perth city. The building team moved in to start work on the B-listed building on October 15, 2018. What used to be one of Perth’s “most high profile empty buildings”, a crumbling eyesore, is nearing completion.
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The shape of the unusual hexagonal building and its spire has been retained with the roof completely removed. The design keeps the 19th century church as a consolidated ruin.
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A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council said: “The council is delighted that the work at St Paul’s is starting to be revealed. There have been so many challenges getting it to this point but looking forward to this space being revitalised and open in spring 2021.”