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Funding boost for Cottier Theatre

20 December 2006

The final phase of repairs to the Cottier Theatre has been boosted by more than £300,000 from Historic Scotland.

The A-listed theatre is one of 11 projects awarded the money in the latest round of the agency’s Historic Environment Grants programme.

Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport said: “These buildings are a crucial reminder of the skills and culture of the Scottish people.

"The popularity of programmes like Restoration clearly show that people not only value historic buildings, but are willing to get involved in their preservation.

"Historic Scotland grants, and the matched funding they often attract, ensure that communities can continue to get the most from their important buildings and that outstanding design is preserved across the country."

The work on the former Dowanhill Church began in the early 1990s and it has received more than £995,000 from Historic Scotland since then.

David Robertson project director said: "The support of the Scottish Ministers through Historic Scotland’s grants programme enables us to bring an exceptional building back to life by drawing on the skills of local people such as stone masons and stained glass workers”.

The Cottier Theatre is one of the greatest urban churches in Glasgow and remains a popular landmark in the west end of the city. The money will help finance the last repairs to the building, although work will continue on the interior.

Earlier this year, grant awards were also made to The Glasgow Art Club on Bath Street and Orkney Street Police Station in Govan.

More than £150 million has been distributed in the last 15 years to secure the future of the historic environment throughout Scotland.

The funding not only helps to conserve the country’s rich built heritage but also benefit its economy by generating work in the construction industry, supporting business and tourism.

Notes to editors
  • A total of £1,330,962 was awarded in the latest round of Historic Scotland grants.
  • Cottier Theatre has been awarded £302,785.
  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Executive charged with safeguarding the nation’s built heritage.  It is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.
  • Scotland has around 47,000 listed buildings, all of which are considered to have special architectural or historic importance and interest.  This rich built heritage comprises a wide range of properties - urban, rural, industrial, public and residential. They are an integral part of Scottish culture and provide a unique record of the nation’s economic and social history.  In listing buildings, Historic Scotland helps ensure that this important national asset is not damaged or diminished and can be used and enjoyed both today and for generations to come.

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873