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Historic Scotland funds mountain biking hub following Moffat Centre project

12 June 2013

Moffat Centre expertise helps transform church into mountain biking centre

Moffat Centre expertise helps transform church into mountain biking centre

A £500,000 grant has been awarded to help transform a former church in Glasgow into a mountain biking centre ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Historic Scotland has given the cash to Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, which is leading the revamp of St Martin's Church in Castlemilk. The church is one of 10 projects to share £2.6m from Historic Scotland.

Tourism experts from Glasgow Caledonian University’s Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development were called on to assess the feasibility of converting an historic building into a mountain biking and sports resource centre, linking with the Cathkin Braes mountain bike tracks and the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

In work commissioned by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, the Moffat Centre was tasked with analysing the financial and market viability of Category B-listed St Martin’s Church in Castlemilk as a community and business facility. The church is set next to the Cathkin Braes Country Park, which is being developed by Glasgow City Council’s Land & Environmental Glasgow Building Preservation Trust.

The building has the potential to provide facilities for users of the new mountain bike tracks and Cathkin Braes Country Park, located on the southern edge of Glasgow. The Moffat Centre explored the potential of the building as a facility with showers, cafe and crèche as well as a climbing wall, cycle hire and social business opportunities, feeding back its assessment to the Trust and architects. The aim is to ensure the building has a lasting legacy beyond the Commonwealth Games.