Lilybank Church gets a new lease of life with plan for 15 stunning flats

Architect James Miller, who was responsible for some of the city’s most iconic buildings including the Scottish baronial travel centre in St Enoch Square and Glasgow Royal Infirmary, built the imposing sandstone church in 1894. It lies just below Lilybank Terrace.

Miller was also the architect behind the magnificent facades of the Turnberry Hotel in Ayrshire, the Peebles Hydro in the Borders and the quaint and charming stations on the West Highland railway line.

Lilybank Church, with its soaring stained glass windows and imposing nave, was originally known as Belmont Church. Until recently, it had been used as the assembly hall for Hutcheson’s Grammar School, which occupied four exceptional renaissance style townhouses at Lilybank Terrace, designed by architect David Horne and built in 1881-83.

The church was sold to developers along with the terraced houses in 2006. It has now gained planning permission for the development of 15 one and two bedroom flats.

Works have commenced to create five high quality apartments at Number Four Lilybank Terrace, originally the home of Miss Hannan Watson, founder of Laurel Bank School, which occupied the terrace before its merger with Hutcheson’s.

The other three houses in the terrace were damaged in a fire in 2008 and discussions are well advanced with planners to have the buildings returned to their former glory through a residential development behind the retained stone facades.

Occupying one of the most desirable sites in the city, just a stroll from cosmopolitan Byres Road and Ashton Lane with its lively bars and restaurants, the properties within the church will offer high quality and very individual living spaces, including very contemporary split level flats.

There will be scope for five one-bedroom apartments and 10 two-bedroom apartments with floor areas up to 1163 sq ft making a total area of nearly 14,000 sq ft.

Graeme Todd, Commercial Property Partner in DM Hall’s Glasgow office said: “This is a beautiful church in one of the most interesting locations in the city. James Miller was a master architect and extremely thoughtful in matters of design and detail. The property retains some wonderful features, including dramatic stained glass windows, carved stonework and ornate wood carvings

The building’s classical cross shape with its nave and chancel will lend itself to a remarkable and exciting conversion which will be greatly sought after.

Situated within Glasgow’s West End Outstanding Conservation Area, the church will have very valuable private car spaces. While the surrounding area is predominantly residential in nature, and benefits from generous stands of mature trees, the flats within Lilybank Church will be within a minute’s walk of excellent transport links on Byres Road and Hillhead underground station.


For further information, please contact Graeme Todd on 0141 352 6411

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