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Construction work on Paisley Grammar School’s community campus is expected to start in the spring and the school is due to open in the summer of 2026.
The council’s Planning and Climate Change Policy Panel gave the green light on 23 January.
Councilor Jim Paterson, Convener of the Planning and Climate Change Policy Board, said: “The new Paisley Grammar School Community Campus will offer modern facilities for students, replacing a school that has served the town for more than a century but is now aging. .
“The new building will provide students and staff with a 21st century learning environment, providing them with everything they need now and in the future.
“It will also be designed for public use of the building during the school day and after, at weekends and during holidays, with separate spaces and access for students and the public.”
The new school will feature state-of-the-art facilities including an all-weather sports pitch, a 300-seat theatre, meeting rooms and a study area.
The council said it would meet high standards of energy efficiency to fully support Renfrewshire’s Net Zero plan.
The school’s location also supports a close partnership with the West College Scotland campus and has the potential to expand the curriculum offered to students.
The school is funded by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Futures Trust as part of a nationwide educational estate investment programme.
The proposal also includes plans for a new road from Renfrew Road to Inchinnan Road, which will act as a safe access to the school without going through the town centre.
The council said cycling and walking routes would be created and plans were underway to build pedestrian and cycle underpasses under Renfrew Road.
The new school will not include the former Chivas administration, which is located nearby, but the council is looking for a new owner for the site.
Councilor Paterson added: “As the team has done a great deal of work to gather input from local residents and design a building that meets the needs of pupils, staff, parents and local residents, I am delighted to see this project I’m glad I did. Go to the next level.”