Castlemilk Stables

The Building

The stable block is an important Georgian building and the last surviving building from the Castlemilk Estate. It is Category B listed and is accredited to Architect David Hamilton. The building was sold as part of the Castlemilk Estate to Glasgow Corporation in 1938 and was used as a base for the City Parks Department until the 1990s. It then lay derelict and in extremely poor condition, losing its roof and distinctive dome, and was inevitably placed on the Buildings at Risk Register.

The Project

Despite its condition at the time, the building was much-loved by local people as an important landmark and part of their heritage. A campaign was initiated to save the building and create a multi-use, sustainable, community-owned resource with training facilities, office space for the local housing association (now Cassiltoun Housing Association), a nursery, lettable space for third-sector organisations and much-needed community facilities.  GBPT helped to coordinate the development of the project including fundraising – from over 27 funders!

In August 2007, after many years of hard work and technical challenges, the building was officially opened and is now owned by Cassiltoun Trust, a subsidiary of Cassiltoun Housing Association.  It is a vibrant hub for a variety of social enterprises and community uses. The success of the project has been recognised by a significant number of awards.


Architect: Elder and Cannon
Cost Consultant: Neilson Binnie-McKenzie
Structural Engineer: Dewar Associates
Services Engineer: Hawthorne Boyle
CDM Coordinator: CDM Scotland
Access Consultant: Adapt Trust
Clerk of Works: Clerk of Works Inspection Services Ltd
Landscape Consultants: Angus MacKay and Kirklee Landscapes
Specialist Consultants: Sarah Gerrish Conservation (Restoration of fireplace)


Cassiltoun Housing Association

Main Contractor

Chard Construction Limited
Hunter Clark (Contractor for dismantling, transport and re-assembly of historic fireplace)

Project Costs

Total Project Cost – £4.2million


Adapt Trust, Architectural Heritage Fund (made up of Loan, Working Capital Grant and Project Organiser Grant), Castlemilk Partnership, Cassiltoun Trust, Communities Scotland, Cruden Foundation, Dean of Guild Court Trust, Fresh Futures – New Opportunities Fund, Glasgow City Council (made up of Conservation Grant, Capital Receipt Contribution, City Growth Fund, Landfill Tax, South East Area Forum, bridge Funding and Lighting Strategy Local Project Fund), Glasgow Housing Association, Scottish Power Green Energy Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Hugh Fraser Foundation, Leche Trust, Pilgrim Trust, Sainsbury Foundation Family Trust, Energy Saving Trust through Scottish Community and Household  Renewables Initiative, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, Strathclyde European Partnership – European Regional Development Fund and William Grant & Sons.

Date Completed

July 2007


Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2008
Scottish Design Award
Georgian Award
Civic Trust Award
GIA Conservation Award
GIA Supreme Medal
RIAS Scottish Regional Award
RIBA Regional Award
Roses Silver Award
Herald Society Award (Commendation)
RICS Scotland Community Benefit Award 2009
Scottish Civic Trust My Place Award 2010