Pollokshields United Reformed Church


Project Architect

Davis Duncan Architects

Location and Community Context

Beaton Road, Glasgow

Project Description

Build Date Project Date Cost Listing
1877 2003 £1.3M C

An early example of a 20th century Gothic church, built within the Pollokshields area of Glasgow. Recently the church entered into a unique partnership with the nearby Hutcheson’s Grammar School, through which the building was extensively upgraded and extended to accommodate a number of new multipurpose facilities. Designed by Andrew Balfour (of Steele and Balfour), between 1902-3, the church is built of Stugged and snecked red ashlar, with polished dressings, in a Gothic style but without a tower. The building occupies a prominent corner site with the hall to the North, and entrance door to the gabled front on to Fotheringay Road. Throughout there are traceried windows, alongside a large window of stained glass in the main gable, above the pointed arched entrance door. In terrible condition and suffering from water ingress and rot, the church formed a unique partnership with Hutcheson's Grammar School through which a significant program of upgrading and extension was undertaken. The alterations provided Hutcheson's with new music and computing department facilities, and also included a new multipurpose performance and rehearsal space and a state of the art lecture theatre. More importantly, the partnership has allowed continuing use of the building by the local congregation, such arrangements are particularly suited to small congregations that would otherwise be unable to continue worshipping in their own church building.

Further Information

Fotheringay Centre

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