St Martin's Church in Castlemilk revamped into Games venue

St Martin's Church in Castlemilk The modernist church building is being transformed in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

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A £500,000 grant has been awarded to help transform a former church in Glasgow into a mountain biking centre ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Historic Scotland has given the cash to Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, which is leading the revamp of St Martin's Church in Castlemilk.

The church, built in 1961, is next to Cathkin Braes Country Park, which will host the games' mountain bike events.

The church is one of 10 projects to share £2.6m from Historic Scotland.

The building repair grants scheme helps the owners of structures of special architectural or historic interest to meet the cost of repairs.

In return, they must maintain the building and allow some access to visitors.

'Important landmarks'

The St Martin's project at Cathkin Braes is part of wider moves to ensure a lasting legacy for local communities from the games through improved facilities.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "Historic buildings offer great opportunities for education as well as providing important landmarks in our towns and cities which are key to our identity, community and memories.

"St Martin's Church in Glasgow will contribute to the lasting legacy for the city from the Commonwealth Games and bring numerous benefits to the community.

"This is an exciting and worthwhile project and I am delighted that it has been supported through the building repair grants."

Other projects around Scotland to share in this round of awards include:

  • Avenue Bridge, Dumfries House (£400,00)
  • Provan Hall, Glasgow (£165,00)
  • Earlstoun Castle, Dalry (£146,082)
  • The Queens Hall, Edinburgh (£259,159)
  • The Temple, Cumnock (£268,800)
  • Kirkintilloch Town Hall, Kirkintilloch (£475,000)
  • Smyllum House, Lanark (£285,000)
  • Cousland Smiddy, Midlothian (£35,000), and
  • Huntly Castle Bridge, Aberdeenshire (£100,000).

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