Glasgow Building Preservation Trust led on this ambitious project, which received £365,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to save this beautiful but dilapidated listed building and transform it into a facility for cancer support.
The restoration of Gartnavel Chapel was combined with the conversion of its interior to house the new Calman Cancer Support Centre run by Cancer Support Scotland. The centre features calm and welcoming spaces where complementary therapies and counselling are delivered for free to cancer out-patients and their family and friends.
The restoration of the building, which was formerly the non-denominational chapel of the former Royal Hospital based at Gartnavel, helped to train young people in historic building skills. The project won the National Lottery Award for Best Heritage Project in 2013.
“The project team worked hard…to ensure that the finished building was an exemplar of conservation combined with high quality contemporary design. In addition to the fabric of the building, much has been done to engage the local community and users with the heritage of the building and the wider site.
That the National Lottery should recognise the Calman Centre as the Best Heritage Project of the 2013 National Lottery Awards makes us even more proud of this project. This recognition has led to a surge in interest for the Calman Cancer.