St. Andrew’s in the Square

The Building

The former St Andrew’s Parish Church is a magnificent classical edifice which dates from 1739-56, by Architect Allan Dreghorn. It is considered to be one of the top six classical churches in the UK as reflected in its Category A listing. The design is metropolitan, borrowed from the much-celebrated St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, London. The Baroque interior is equally splendid with lavish rococo plasterwork and fluted Corinthian columns supporting a mahogany fronted-gallery. (The church pre-dates the square in which it sits and instead was originally surrounded by the Molindinar burn amid fields and gardens on the edge of the burgh of Glasgow).

The Project

In 2000, the Trust completed the major repair and conversion of St Andrew’s, which included a 4-metre deep excavation to create a basement cafe. The building continues to be owned by GBPT but is leased to a specially-formed Trust called St Andrew’s in the Square Trust (SAINTS) which has reinvented the former church as Glasgow’s Centre for Scottish Culture. The venue is a vibrant and popular wedding, conference and function space.

As well as generating jobs and training opportunities, St Andrew’s restoration acted as a catalyst to other beneficial development in the area during the project. The development of St Andrew’s Square was completed alongside the construction of the pioneering Homes for the Future immediately adjacent. St Andrew’s is a demonstration of how much can be achieved through the restoration of important historic buildings.


Architect: Nicholas Groves-Raines
Cost Consultant: Mackay Entwistle & Ford
Structural Engineer: Blyth & Blyth Associates
Services Engineer: Ian Low Associates
CDM Coordinator: AMS Ltd

Main Contractor

Hunter & Clark Ltd

 Project Costs

Total Project Cost – £3,686,644


The Architectural Heritage Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, European Regional Development Fund, Glasgow City Council, GCC Floodlighting, GCC Millennium Awards, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, Adapt Trust, various private trusts and individuals.

Date Completed

November 2000