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Cathkin Braes Activity Centre proposed

October 13 2016

Cathkin Braes Activity Centre proposed
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust are proposing to transform the B-listed St Martin’s Church, Castlemilk, into a community and leisure facility as the centerpiece of a new mountain bike trail through the Cathkin Braes.

The design brief calls for creation of a large multi-function space, training rooms and kitchen and critically will involve application of a new render finish – after it was deemed that reinstating the original brick finish was not appropriate.

John Gilbert Architects explained: “The key heritage issue for this project is the reinstatement or otherwise of the external brick finish, the texture integral to the original external design of the building. The original design intent for St Martin’s Church was Dapple Light London Stock brick however this suffered from excessive frost damage and within eight years the building was rendered. In considering the finish, we have also taken cognisance of other requirements for facade including the need to insulate the building and to eliminate the (significant) points of water ingress.”

The project team includes David Narro Associates, Atelier Ten and erz and will entail a sensitive refurbishment of the building fabric, as built by Gillespie Kidd and Coia.


Sir Ano
#1 Posted by Sir Ano on 14 Oct 2016 at 07:29 AM

Ps the mountain bike trails are existing
Sue Pearman
#2 Posted by Sue Pearman on 14 Oct 2016 at 11:26 AM
I think Elder and Cannon had a better proposal for this a few years ago.
The main problem for a mountain bike center is its in the wrong place. What the braes needs is a small cafe and shop at the top car park where people who currently use the park will use it.
Sir Ano
#3 Posted by Sir Ano on 14 Oct 2016 at 12:29 PM
As a mountain biker and regular user of the current trails and park I think it’s in the perfect location. This isn’t a mountain bike trail centre it’s a multiuse community facility that happens to be located next door to a mountain bike trails therefore, it should in engage with the community i.e. Castlemilk.

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