St. Martin’s, Castlemilk

A project led by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust 

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust (GBPT ) has been actively involved in taking forward this project for two years. The Mountain Bike Centre building is the former St Martin’s (R.C.) Church and was built between 1959-61 for the Archdiocese of Glasgow on a sloping site at the foot of Cathkin Braes in Glasgow. The building was designed by Gillespie, Kidd and Coia and is Category B listed, belonging to the post-war modern movement. It is a rare survivor of its type. The Church is now closed and has been deconsecrated and is currently redundant. It is on the Buildings at Risk Register. The building is owned by the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

The Project

In 2013 Glasgow Building Preservation Trust completed a study to assess the feasibility of buying and converting the former St Martin’s Church to become a  Mountain Bike and Activity Centre close to the new world-class Commonwealth Games Mountain Bike Tracks and in an ideal location directly adjacent to Cathkin Braes Country Park . Since early 2013 GBPT has been working up a plan to deliver this project .This project proposes to repair and adapt the building to transform it into a multi-purpose centre including changing and support and training facilities for mountain bike enthusiasts, bicycle sale/hire, café, community space and information/educational resources.


Architect: John Gilbert Architects
Cost Consultant: Towler & Hyslop
Structural Engineer: David Narro Associates
Services Engineer: Atelier 10
Landscape Specialist: ERZ


Ardenglen Housing Association ( potential owner )
Glasgow City Council, Land & Environmental Services ( key stakeholders )

Main Contractor:

None appointed to date.

Project Costs:

Total Project Cost estimated at £4.3m

Current Situation:

GBPT are working with Ardenglen Housing Association, to develop the building, and have been working with other stakeholders to take forward the project plans.

Development work to date has been supported with a Project Development Grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund.

The Heritage Lottery Fund gave its initial approval for the project by awarding Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and Ardenglen Housing Association Ltd a First Round pass for a grant of £1.05million which includes a grant of £178,900 to develop their proposals further.   Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and Ardenglen Housing Association will now work with their consultants and stakeholders to develop the project proposals and raise funding to deliver this exciting project.


JGA Cutaway Sketch Feb 2016