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Decrepit but much loved major hospital to go under the hammer


Paisley’s spooky former hospital has gone on the market at a guide price of £600,000.

The sale follows years of neglect at the much-loved Royal Alexandra Infirmary.

In July we revealed a campaign had been launched by a local man to stop the rot at the RAI.

Now the mystery London-based owner has suddenly put the building up for sale through an auction.

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The move comes after Buddie Jim McIlroy said further inaction was unacceptable.

He said: “We want the wilful neglect of this listed building to stop.

Aerial view – everything within the red outline is for sale at auction

“We are battling to have this historic property secured, resold and redeveloped.”

Part of the old Paisley RAI, the Peter Coats-funded nurses home, was converted into flats known as Alexandra Gate in 1995.

Now it is hoped a developer will snap-up the remainder of the Neilston Road site.

It is described as being in a dangerous state and a magnet for intruders.

But locals are keen it is given a new life, rather than face the wrecking ball.

London auction house Allsop is putting it under the hammer on September 30.

They say planning permission was granted in 2006 and now lapsed for 35 homes within the exiiting building and 12 new build flats.

The total area for sale at the Calside spot is 2.31 acres.

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Allsop said: “This is a significant opportunity for possible residential redevelopment, subject to consents.”

The 234-bed hospital opened in 1900 and had three pavilions, a separate block to handle infectious patients and even a 100-seater chapel.


It shut 35 years ago after the Royal Alexandra Hospital opened.

A care home operated until 2008 before it was sealed off and placed on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland in 2010.

In July Renfrewshire Council said: “It is unfortunate the Royal Alexandra Infirmary building has been allowed to deteriorate and we share the frustration of the community .

“As it is a privately-owned building, the council has very little scope, but are happy to speak with groups.”

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