YMCA mount fresh bid to tear down C-listed Perth church
January 25 2018130-year old St Andrew’s and St Stephen’s Church on Atholl Street, together with an adjoining tenement on North William Street, to build a ground floor assembly building with 21 flats above.
Architects Fouin & Bell have been instructed to oversee the plans, which will see the existing YMCA building demolished after its condition deteriorated to the point where it was no longer safe to use nor financially viable to repair.
Despite sitting within the city’s central conservation area the proposal is to demolish both in order to grant the YMCA the space it requires to continue its charitable work while also providing new affordable homes for Caledonia Housing Association.
Outlining their site proposals the architects wrote: “The proposed finishes are sympathetic to the surroundings and consist of ground floor natural stone, including the retention of the existing Church Entrance and buttresses, first floor level render finish to Atholl Street. On North William street, partial ground floor stone to end gable and then two colours of render finish elsewhere. There are feature stone stringer, cill and lintol details. The proposed roof finish is slate and the stone gabled fronts will have stone skews.”
The gothic church currently resides on the Buildings at Risk Register while the neighbouring tenement, also C-listed, has suffered structural failure with the external wall bowing onto the street.
The plans mark culmination of 20-years of deterioration which were allowed to carry on unchecked owing to legal wrangles and an absence of funding.
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