Lilybank Church

Formerly known as Belmont Church, this B-listed building was constructed towards the end of the 19th Century, functioning as an assembly building for local schools before being bought by our client in 2007.

After a concerted effort to develop the building with a commercial focus, it soon became clear that this would not be a viable proposition and Riach Partnership were engaged to investigate the possibility of a residential conversion.

Changing economic conditions have required a fresh approach to be taken from that of the original proposals, approved by Glasgow City Council in 2009. This revised development, which seeks to give life to a rapidly deteriorating building, was submitted to the Planning Department in February 2011.

The challenge laid before us was to create a high-density development that offered a high quality environment for residents and did not compromise the character of the building. Considering the transept, with its height and flanking stained-glass windows, to be the main focal point of the building, great effort was made to retain this volume intact, functioning as the main entrance for the building and creating a breathtaking first impression for visitors.

From there began something of a jigsaw puzzle as a balance was sought between density, available natural light and the impact of any internal subdivision on the external appearance of the church. Now resolved to provide 27 one, two and three bed flats and maisonettes we hope the building can be rescued in good time, offering a new lease of life for such a grand monument in the heart of Glasgow's west end.




  • Project: Lilybank Church
  • Location: Hillhead, Glasgow
  • Client: Private Developer
  • Status: Planning