The Category A-listed Victorian building will be transformed into a leading European museum telling the unique stories of a town known around the world for the cloth pattern which carries its name.
Members of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Board have given the green light to planning permission for an extension and external alterations plus listed building consent – meaning work can start next year.
The work will include a fully-accessible entrance courtyard and dramatic red glazed entrance hall, creating a dynamic and inviting presence on the High Street and a contemporary face for the museum.
A new wing to the west of the existing building will provide step-free access through the museum to the Coats Observatory (the oldest public observatory in Scotland).
Internal renovations will help to improve accessibility and circulation, as well as extending exhibition space into the area formerly occupied by Paisley Central Library. This will allow the museum to more than double the number of objects on display, including an interactive weaving studio keeping alive the town’s traditional textile skills.
Cllr Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Board, said: “The Paisley Museum Reimagined project is at the heart of our bold plans to transform Paisley town centre in the years ahead – we are delighted it was able to pass this important milestone.
“Paisley’s name is already known around the world – and when the museum reopens in 2022 it will allow us to invite the world to come back to Paisley, providing new opportunities, life and footfall for the town centre and wider Renfrewshire area.”