Work begins on new Castlemilk church

Rev Sarah Brown from Castlemilk Parish Church is pictured here with Mary McLelland, Andrew McLelland, Jack Brier and Donald Finlayson at a "cutting of the turf" event. Donald is the congregation’s property convenor who is heading up the building project.

Work to build a new £1.4 million church building in Glasgow is expected to get underway next week.

Local minister the Rev Sarah Brown said the construction of a new place of worship for the merged congregations of Castlemilk East and Castlemilk West churches is likely to start on Monday.

She added that the new single-storey building on Dougrie Road would be located in the heart of the parish and accessible to all.

The church, which will have a sanctuary with capacity for more than 120 people, a crèche, café, a large meeting room and several offices, is on track to be opened next summer.

Ms Brown of Castlemilk Parish Church said: "People are getting excited because they have been waiting a long time for this new building.

"Our new location is right in the heart of the community. It will be a low-level building with no stairs so access will be improved.

"Our hope is the community will find it much more accessible for activities."

The new building, which is being funded by the Church and fundraising, will replace Castlemilk West Church which is currently used by the congregation. They will move into their new home as soon as it is completed.

Castlemilk West, a B-listed building which dates back to the early 1960s, will be demolished and the site will likely be sold off to a housing association for affordable homes.

It is unusual for a listed building to be demolished but the Church of Scotland's General Trustees decided that it would be more cost effective to construct a replacement facility which would better suit the needs of a united parish.

A major issue with Castlemilk West Church was the extent of the repairs required and the impossibility of installing proper disabled access over five or six floors.

Castlemilk East Church has already been sold off and demolished.

Ms Brown revealed that local people involved in a wood working project at Castlemilk West Church would be making furniture for the new building out of pews recycled from the two churches.

Reflecting on the symbolism, she said: "It is about using the good and the great from the past to align with the future."