Yorkshire bricks play key role in restoration of iconic church

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Yorkshire bricks play key role in restoration of iconic church
St Bride’s Church in East Kilbride

York Handmade Brick Company has provided 12,000 specially-made bricks in the restoration of Scotland’s iconic St Bride’s Church in East Kilbride.

St Brides was designed by the celebrated architect Professor Andy MacMillan, whose Scottish practice Gillespie Kidd & Coia worked extensively on ecclesiastical buildings from the 1950s through to the 1990s.

“The church is built entirely of brickwork. Its structure, construction, landscape and interior are the same. Finding a brick specification and type that matched the integrity of the existing material was no easy task,” said Paul Stallan of Stallan-Brand – the architects in charge of the restoration.

“Thankfully the York Handmade Brick Company assisted us in this respect, helping us source a brick that was an exact match in every regard, a brick that was resilient in a Victorian industrial sense and had a colouration and density that ensured repairs to the building were seamless.”

York Handmade Chairman, David Armitage, added: “This was a very significant commission for us and we were very honoured to undertake it. To help to restore one of Scotland’s most iconic churches, and to be praised for our work, is very humbling.

“We took great care in creating exactly the right type of brick in terms of texture, density and colour to suit the Grade A-listed St Bride’s Church and Presbytery and we are delighted our new bricks fit in seamlessly with the old.”