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 £3.1m

Current Situation:

It is with regret that we confirm that our project to convert the former St Martins Church into the Cathkin Braes Activity Centre will not proceed.

Anticipating the next stage of project, Ardenglen Housing Association took the opportunity to review the business plan for the project in August 2017.  Initial concerns were confirmed following discussions and review by external parties in conjunction with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. The Board of Ardenglen HA have considered the matter in detail and, given the level of financial risk and lack of long term partners, have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the project.

Ardenglen Housing Association had been working with Glasgow Building Preservation Trust to develop this project since 2011. We acknowledge the significant support and commitment from a number of individuals, organisations and funders over the years and regret that this was not the outcome that we had all hoped for.


JGA Cutaway Sketch Feb 2016