Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 57167 66695
257167, 666695


James Sellars of Campbell Douglas & Sellars, 1876-78; alterations by Keppie, Henderson & Partners, 1961-63; converted to Gilmorehill Centre by SBT Keppie 1996-7. Normandy Gothic former church. Stugged coursed ashlar, polished ashlar dressings.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: Nave; low 5-bay aisles. To W 5 tall gabled 3-light plate-tracery windows over aisles; small lancets in aisles. To E 4-clerestory windows divided by flying buttresses, lower walling also heavily buttressed. To S single storey halls at right angles to main body of church. Pointed arch doorpiece in re-entrant angle. Truncated tower rises only to 2 stages and was never completed. Pointed arch entrance with nook shafts. 2 leaded glass windows at base of tower.

Grey slate roofs.

INTERIOR (seen 1988): much altered, few original fittings survive. 5-arch arcade supported on piers separates nave from aisles. Open timber roof to subsidiary halls. False suspended ceiling to main hall.

Statement of Special Interest

Designed by James Sellars, architect of the main building of the 1888 Glasgow International Exhibition (a temporary structure in the nearby Kelvingrove Park). The building occupies a prominent corner site.

Originally built as Anderston Free Church. The Dean of Guild plans of 1877 show a proposed tall and slender tower, but it was never completed. Later the building became the Hillhead United Free Church, then it was used as examination halls by the University of Glasgow before being converted to its current use in 1996-97 for the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. The insertion of 7 levels within the stone shell allowed for the creation of a 150-seat cinema, theatre and rehearsal space, television studios, sound recording booths, research facilities, teaching areas and offices.

Formerly listed as '9 University Avenue, Gilmorehill Hall'.

List description updated as part of review of the University of Glasgow Hillhead Campus, 2011. The building number is derived from the University of Glasgow Main Campus Map (2007), as published on the University's website



Ordnance Survey, Large Scale Town Plan, 1894; Mitchell Library, Dean of Guild Collection, Ref. H/83; British Architect (13/06/1879); Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition Catalogue, (1879) p. 945; Builder, (06/01/1961) pp.37-38; C McKean, D Walker, F Walker, Central Glasgow: Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Illustrated Architectural Guide, (1989) p. 188; E Williamson, A Riches, M Higgs, The Buildings of Scotland: Glasgow, (1990) p. 334; Prospect No. 64, (October 1997)'pp. 35-7; J Rodger, Contemporary Glasgow - the architecture of the 1990s, (1999) p. 90; Gordon R Urquhart, Along Great Western Road - An Illustrated History of Glasgow's West End, (2000), p. 89; Gordon R Urquhart, Friends of Glasgow West - Hillhead Heritage Trail, (2008) Building No. 19; 'Anderston Free Church' building search at (accessed 31-03-2010).

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

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