About the CBRT

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Who are we?

The Church Buildings Renewal Trust has been at the forefront of conserving Scotland’s ecclesiastical heritage since it was established.  Its role as an ‘influencing trust’ has been key in advocating the renewal of all church buildings throughout Scotland to prevent redundancy regardless of denomination.

 

The Church Buildings Renewal Trust (CBRT)

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he Church Buildings Renewal Trust (CBRT) is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.  It was set up by Glasgow City Council (GCC) in 1994, and is governed by its Memorandum of Association and Articles Association. Since 1994 the Memorandum of Association has been amended to better reflect the present day objectives of the Trust and how it operates.

The CBRT is not funded by any organisation; its income is derived from funds raised through events and gifts. 

The Trust is managed by a Board of Directors acting with a General Committee, “the committee” which meets bi-monthly; membership of the committee is on an entirely voluntary basis. Committee members have a wide range of qualifications combined with a dedicated interest in furthering the aims of the Trust.

The current officers are:-  

  • Chairman Peter Cross,
  • Vice Chairman John Gerrard MBE, FRIAS, FSAScot. IHBC, former Technical Director of the Scottish Civic Trust,
  • Honorary Treasurer Angela Coia BSc MRICS
  • Honorary Secretary Lorna Smith.

The Trust’s Patron is The Most Reverend Mario J. Conti FRSE

The Church Buildings Renewal Trust has been at the forefront of conserving Scotland’s ecclesiastical heritage since it was established.  Its role as an ‘influencing trust’ has been key in advocating the renewal of all church buildings throughout Scotland to prevent redundancy regardless of denomination.

About Us - The CBRT 2017 Briefing Note

We have prepared a short briefing note to help you get to know us better, click on the button to download.

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Our Principal Aims

Conservation

To promote, for the public benefit, the conservation of church buildings, especially those which are underused or have ceased to be used for religious purposes in whole or in part and with particular regard for those of architectural or historic interest

Community & Purpose

To provide advice to existing owners, users and potential end-users of underused or redundant church buildings in their endeavours to find appropriate and sustainable ways to bring them fully back into community life. In support of that aim to advise on appropriate adaptation and extension of such buildings including relevant architectural and planning issues and practical alternative uses in whole or in part while promoting effective maintenance, repair and economic energy use.

Education

To advance education and, in particular, to increase public knowledge and awareness of the value of buildings of the nature referred to in paragraphs (1) & (2).