Massive £150,000 boost for Motherwell church upgrade

Dalziel St Andrew's Parish Church
Dalziel St Andrew's Parish Church
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Plans to carry out a major upgrade to a church in Motherwell have been given a massive funding boost worth almost £150,000.

The overhaul of the roof and walls at Dalziel St Andrew’s is the last major phase of a makeover which has so far cost in the region of £600,000.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a ‘first round pass’ of £74,600, giving its initial support for the proposal to overhaul the roof and walls at the church buildings in Merry Street.

And this sum is match funded with a contribution from Historic Scotland, bringing the total award to £149,200.

The grant relates to work required to the roof and walls relating to the sanctuary section of the building.

Following on from support given previously for the restoration of the historic Walcker Pipe Organ this award will address concerns regarding the condition of the roof and deterioration in the walls of this Grade “B” Listed building.

The project is currently out to tender and it is hoped to start work in the summer months. The building will remain open to all throughout the 12 week estimated duration of works.

Church minister the Rev Derek Hughes said: “It is just wonderful to again secure the essential financial support we require from Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland and Historic Scotland.

“This has given a huge lift to the many people within our congregation, and in the wider community, who have continued to support us throughout our Makeover Project – Forward for Jesus.”

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, added: “As well as being an architectural landmark, Dalziel St Andrew’s Parish Chuch provides a gathering place for worshippers and a meeting place for shared interest groups. The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to be able to give its initial support.”