Barrhead to become regeneration model

Phil Prentice, chief officer, Scotlands Towns Partnership outside the Barrhead Foundry.

Phil Prentice, chief officer, Scotlands Towns Partnership outside the Barrhead Foundry.

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Leaders from the US, South Africa, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia are this week looking to Barrhead in East Renfrewshire as a blueprint for how to regenerate towns in their country.

Barrhead won the accolade of ‘Scotland’s Most Improved Town Small/Medium Town’ at the 2015 Scotland’s Regeneration Network awards.

The town was transformed by a £100m regeneration and growth programme.

The first ever World Town’s Leadership summit in Edinburgh will see experts from across the globe gather to share best practice and start an ‘international conversation’ about how town centres and can be improved and made more successful.

And Barrhead’s successful regeneration will be discussed as a perfect example of how a town centre can be revitalised.

East Renfrewshire Council’s director of environment, Andy Cahill, said: “Barrhead is seen as one of the leading examples of town centre regeneration in Scotland.

“It’s a testimony to what we have achieved here in Barrhead that the town’s revitalisation will help to inform the future of town centres the world over.”