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St. Andrews Cathedral, Glasgow

St. Andrews Cathedral, Glasgow

Key Facts


Archidiocese of Glasgow


196 Clyde St, Glasgow


June 2010

New life has been breathed into the Cathedral and new space has been created to allow the building to flourish into the 21st Century

Project Info

St. Andrew’s Chapel was built in Gothic Revival Perpendicular style in 1814 – 1817 by the architect James Gillespie.

The purpose of the proposed works was twofold: Firstly, the fabric of the existing Cathedral building required conservation and repair to ensure its long-term integrity for the future. Secondly, the Cathedral was not large enough to fulfil its intended purpose as the principal church of the Archdiocese of Glasgow and the seat of its Archbishop.


Heritage & Conservation
Interior of the Cathedral
Interior of the Cathedral

A full programme of conservation has been undertaken and a rich bold colour scheme including much gold leaf has been introduced based upon the colours within the stained-glass windows.

The external enclosing elements of a new cloister have been constructed to the South East of the existing Cathedral. The formation of the cloister, will in the future, provide a flexible multipurpose space or series of spaces that increase the Cathedral’s potential as an appropriate social, exhibition, conference and educational building.

In addition to the cloister, a number of new commissioned works of art have been inserted into the existing building fabric including a new font by artist Tim Pomeroy, a new painting by Peter Howson of Blessed John Ogilvie (the only post Reformation Scottish Saint) and new doors by the artist Jack Sloan.

Selected Awards

RICS Award 2012 - Conservation Category

Best Project of the Year and Best Historic Restoration Award - Scottish Decorators Federation

Best in Britain Award - British Decorators Association

GIA Design Award 2011 - Conservation Category


Structural Engineer: Scott Wilson
M&E Engineer: Harley Haddow LLP
Cost Consultant: Brown + Wallace
CDM Co-ordinator: Brown + Wallace
Contractor: Hunter & Clark
Photographer: Keith Hunter