Heritage landmark secured by grant
The Jesuit Church of St Aloysius in Glasgow has been awarded grants by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland of £420,000 to undertake urgent repairs to its landmark tower. The 150 ft tower, topped with a gold cross, has dominated the Garnethill area of the city for over a hundred years. But there are structural defects which have caused rain water to leak into the church, damaging plasterwork.
The grants will enable work to start in the summer to make the building structurally sound and weather tight, and repair the water damaged interior.
The Heritage Lottery grant will support a programme of engagement activities that will build on the church's existing engagement with under-represented groups such as the refugees who attend weekly English language classes run by parish volunteers.
Parish priest Fr Dermot Preston SJ said, "We are delighted at the news of this grant award which will mean we can at last make the building water-tight and maintain the church tower as an important heritage landmark on the skyline of central Glasgow. The parish community has raised over £100,000 for the Campanile through fundraising activities and personal donations, so with the generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we hope to focus our next stage of fund-raising on the interior decoration and lighting within the Church. This award is a wonderful culmination to a lot of hard work by many people in the Church community for which I am very grateful”.