Nicholas Groves-Raines Architects
Location and Community Context
1 St Andrews Square, Glasgow
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St Andrew's in the Square dates from the mid-18th century, designed by architect Allan Dreghorn, and considered to be one of the top six classical churches in the UK. The design for the church is based largely upon James Gibb's London St Martin-in-the-Fields, further London precedents are found throughout the interior, with references to the plasterwork of James Clayton. The building is a rectangular galleried church constructed in polished stone ashlar, with giant Corinthian pilasters and angle pilasters, to the exterior facades, highlighting the internal symmetrical bays. A giant Corinthian hex style portico dominates the West elevation, with sash and case windows throughout. The church interior is lavishly finished with hardwood floors and plasterwork, stained glass by Stephen Adams. There five bay galleries to three sides internally and a vaulting Rococco plasterwork ceiling. The church closed in 1993 and was bought by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, purchasing the building from the congregation for £1 million. The trust, working with Nicholas Groves-Raines Architects transformed the church into a centre for traditional Scottish music and dance, and first class venue for concerts, ceilidhs, weddings or receptions, offering a unique and fantastic setting for events.