Gockston is a small housing estate within the wider St James estate in the north of Paisley across the M8 from Glasgow Airport. The ground was weak and peat-filled until it was prepared for the Airport in the 1960s and the construction of housing was then feasible.
Gockston consisted of terraced housing and 3 storey tenements. Merksworth High School was also built in the area.
Regeneration of the scheme began in 2002 and the tenements were demolished along with the high school. Only a few streets of terraced homes remain and Gockston is now largely wasteland and brownfield sites waiting to be redeveloped. It suffered isolation problems being so far removed from the town centre and lack of amenities and poor transport links led to its demise.