Press Release: Modernist church in Whitburn to benefit from funding
Brucefield Church in Whitburn will benefit from £269,500 worth of funding made available by Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A grant of £144,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and £125, 000 worth of funding from Historic Scotland, will be used predominantly on roof repairs with minor works to the Church Walls, windows and doors.
The finding is part of a £1.3 million package of assistance announced by both organisations which will benefit seven churches across Scotland.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs and local MSP, said “As one of the most distinctive buildings in Whitburn, it is important that we invest in the conservation and upkeep of Brucefield Church. This building is striking and has acted as a focal point for the congregation and wider community since it was built in the mid-60′s. I am delighted that both Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund are making this funding available for this project.”
Brucefield Church has already been awarded A-listed status by Historic Scotland due to its architectural value and interest, being one of a select number of post-war commissions for the Church of Scotland during the 1960′s.
Spearheaded by the forward-thinking Rev WB McMartin, the church is empathatically modernist in its conception with its diagonally cut corners, rounded edges, contemporary architect-designed furniture and interior reflecting contemporary Scandinavian design.
Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said “Brucefield Church is an important part of what makes Whitburn Whitburn. Its eye-catching architecture is part of the town’s identity while the community space inside is where people of all ages can connect with one another through shared interests, from Brownies to concerts. The Heritage Lottery Fund is pleased to be able to help secure the future of this unique building so that the local community, and Scotland’s heritage, may continue to benefit from its existence.”
The Cabinet Secretary added: “The funding will ensure that the Church will once again become wind and watertight and I look forward to seeing the results the investment will deliver.”