The building and grounds are unique and they are stunningly beautiful. The scale of the building is vast, there are alarge number of magnificent features externally and internally and the design detail and craftsmanship evidenced throughout never fail to impress visitors.
During construction in the 1890’s there was no expense spared on materials and highly skilled artisans were employed throughout to ensure that the build quality was to the highest standards of the day. The fabric of the building is in sound condition and a full structural survey carried out by Messrs Watts on 3rd July 2017 picked up only a few areas of concern which can be easily addressed.
The Coats Venue is on two floors, each of around 16,000 square feet – the Ground Floor and the Church Floor above. The Ground Floor comprises a large hall (Ballroom), a small hall, four rooms and a kitchen and the Church Floor comprises the nave, transepts, chancel and four rooms. The design, the connectivity of the spaces and the access doors work extremely well – so well that it is as though when Hippolyte J Blanc won the competition to design the building more than 120 years ago, he had alternative uses in mind.
Coats Venue is a Category A listed building and there are rules and regulations that constrain any additions and changes to buildings in this category. Messrs Framed Estates Architects were appointed with a brief to design a multi-purpose venue at Coats Venue which required minimum intervention and change to the existing building fabric. This has been achieved with no proposed external changes, few internal changes and two minor changes to the building fabric. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have no objections in principle to the limited intervention that will be required to allow the building to be fit for the intended purpose.
Following a planning application during 2017, Renfrewshire Council gave a qualified consent for the Project on 26th January 2018 under reference number 17/0649/PP.