Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

ST MUNGO'S ROAD, ST MUNGO'S CHURCH (CHURCH OF SCOTLAND), INCLUDING HALLS, STEEL CROSSLB46977

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
21/03/2000
Local Authority
North Lanarkshire
Planning Authority
North Lanarkshire
Burgh
Cumbernauld
NGR
NS 75665 74486
Coordinates
275665, 674486

Description

Alan Reiach, 1963-1964. Single storey, square-plan pyramidal church with halls adjoining to SW. Facing bricks. Deep overhanging boarded timber eaves to church supported by steel girder columns; continuous horizontal band of clerestory windows below eaves to church.

CHURCH:

SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; flat-roofed porch advanced to centre, 2 steps to 2-leaf timber door, flanked to left and right by 3-light glazed panels, single windows to left and right returns.

NE ELEVATION: asymmetrical; boarded timber door reached by ramp off-centre to right.

NW ELEVATION: blank except clerestory windows (see above).

SW ELEVATION: blank, except clerestory windows (see above); halls adjoining to centre (see below).

Predominantly metal-framed windows. Copper pyramidal roof, glazed to stepped-back apex; copper steeply-pitched pyramidal belfry above, on 4 stilts, timber underside.

INTERIOR: brick lined nave with glazed timber doors; tiled and boarded timber floor; timber pews arranged at angles around central timber pulpit, font, lectern and communion table on raised plinth; boarded timber lining to tall pyramidal roof, timber grid to apex with rooflights and artificial lighting.

HALLS:

Single storey, T-plan church halls advanced from centre of SE Elevation of church.

SE ELEVATION: asymmetrical; glazed timber door to right, flanked to left by long glazed corridor; kitchen and lavatory wing advanced to left, windows to right return with doorway stepped-forward to centre, 2-leaf timber door flanked by glazed panels; main hall stepped up and back to outer left, horizontal band of windows below roofline.

NE ELEVATION: adjoining church.

NW ELEVATION: asymmetrical; band of windows to bays to right, bays to left stepped-forward with band of windows; main hall stepped back to outer right.

SW ELEVATION: main hall, continuous horizontal band of windows below roofline.

Predominantly timber-framed windows. Flat roof with vertical copper overhang to all but main hall.

INTERIOR: simple with boarded timber ceilings, except in main hall.

STEEL CROSS: large steel crucifix to S of church.

Statement of Special Interest

St Mungo's Parish Church is a striking landmark in the centre of Cumbernauld. Prominently sited on the top of a small hill, the bold copper pyramidal roof is an important landmark. Alan Reiach designed two churches in Cumbernauld, both of which can accommodate 800, Kildrum Church - the earlier of the two. Alan Reiach (1910-1992), who was apprenticed to Sir Robert Lorimer (1864-1929), was primarily involved in the design of public buildings, including churches, schools, universities and hospitals. Noteworthy features of St Mungo's Parish Church include the bold pyramidal roof, with apex of which forms a roof light lighting the nave of the church, and above this is a pyramidal belfry. The impressive Baltic redwood-lined interior gains natural light from the large central rooflight and clerestory windows.

References

Bibliography

NMRS, PLANS FOR ST MUNGO'S CHURCH, CUMBERNAULD, 1962 and 1964; THE SCOTSMAN, 13 February 1965; NMRS, REIACH AND HALL BROCHURE; R S Morton, ALAN REIACH A MEMOIR, (1989), p8-9 and p14; R S Morton, "RICH LEGACY OF A MASTER CRAFTSMAN", THE SCOTSMAN, 26 February 1990; R M Bailey, SCOTTISH ARCHITECTS' PAPERS: A SOURCE BOOK, (1996), p135, 219; M Glendinning, A MacKechnie,

R MacInnes, A HISTORY OF SCOTTISH ARCHITECTURE, (1996), p590.

About Listed Buildings

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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)

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