St Patrick's Church

Brooke Millar Partnership, Lanarkshire, 2000


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  • Detail of brickwork on North Elevation    
  • The north elevation of St. Patricks seen across the piazza    
  • The original copper roof has been reinstated with a new parapet detail    
  • The south elevation of St. Patricks with new car park in foreground    
  • View of concrete staircase and brick detailing    
  • View towards the high altar    
  • Clerestory windows provide dramatic effects of light and shade    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Copper roof detail    
  • Copper roof detail    

Restoration of a Gillespie Kidd & Coia's Grade I listed modernist church in Lanarkshire

Gillespie Kidd & Coia’s St. Patrick’s church draws inspiration from Scotland’s brooding medieval castles. The enclosing brick diaphragm walls read as enormous thick walls, inhabited with pockets of poché space. Over this brick box sails a copper-clad roof lit by a ribbon of glass clearstory windows.

Technical failings in original design features, such as blocked downpipes hidden between the brick skins, had resulted in water ingress, damp and associated damage. The Brooke Millar Partnership, in consultation with Historic Scotland, undertook eight years of investigation and repairs in order to ‘rectify the technical problems while remaining true to the original design.’

These alterations included the reinstatement of the original copper roof, which had been replaced by aluminium sheeting in the 1980s, and a redesign of cladding joints, window and heating systems.

In 1992 the church was Grade A listed in recognition of its innovative design.


  • Begun: 2000
  • Completed: 2000
  • Sector: Religious
  • Total cost: £1.1M
  • Tender date: 1992
  • Address: 30 Low Craigends, Kilsyth, Lanarkshire, G65 0PF, United Kingdom

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