The £154,876 repair project has been made possible by the generosity of several grant funders, including Historic Scotland (£51,911), Heritage Lottery Fund (£47,000), Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust (£3,000) and the Baird Trust (£3,000).
Originally built in 1868 to the design of Frederick Thomas Pilkington, the building is an excellent example of mid-19th century church architecture by an important architect, and as such it is Category A listed. These essential repairs, which will restore structural stability and make the building watertight, will safeguard the future of the building for many years to come.
The project manager at Gate Church International, James Anthony, said: ‘It’s great news that we’re getting started with these essential repairs, and we’re grateful for the generosity of each of the grant funders. Throughout the repair project there will be no disruption to any of our weekend church services or other activities. For those that are interested, you can find more information about the repair project at ww.gatechurch.co.uk.’
Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland said: “As well as being an architectural landmark, Gate Church provides a gathering place for worshippers of all ages. The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to be able to secure the future of this fine building so that it can continue to play its valuable role improving the life of many in the community.”
Martin Fairley, Historic Scotland’s Head of Investment and Corporate Finance Policy said: “I am delighted to see that this funding will help to protect the future of this A-listed church. It is really important that we safeguard our Scottish architecture and heritage for future generations to enjoy.”
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For further information, please contact Mr James Anthony, Operations Director at Gate Church International on 01382 221222 or on jamesanthony@
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