Patrick Parsons were appointed to provide structural engineering services in the repair and restoration of the historically important St Brides Roman Catholic Church in East Kilbride, Scotland.
The Grade ‘A’ Listed building was designed in 1957 by Professors Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein of Gillispie Kidd & Coia. Described as brutalist, the church is regarded as one of the finest examples of British twentieth-century ecclesiastical architecture.
The project included urgent and necessary works to address brick deterioration, roof covering replacement, water ingress, structural integrity, heating, safety and maintenance issues. Patrick Parsons input involved strengthening of the masonry wall ties as well as structural assessment of the masonry walls, steel roof trusses and other structural alterations internally and externally.
The aim of the project is to provide a structurally sound, wind and watertight building with restored original features, which allows natural light into the interior as originally intended and provides safe access for future maintenance.
The works are due to be completed in July and will provide an improved experience for parishioners, the local community and visitors and will return the church to a condition closer to its original design intent.