THE VOICE OF PROP­ERTY

The Herald Magazine - - etc - Bev­er­ley Brown

AN iconic B-listed for­mer church in the West End of Glas­gow has scooped the top award of Prop­erty De­vel­op­ment of the Year at the Prop­erty In­vestors Awards in Lon­don.

Sit­u­ated in Great Ge­orge Street, just off Byres Road, Bel­mont Church, as it was ini­tially known, was de­signed by Glas­gow ar­chi­tect James Miller in 1894 and later be­came Lily­bank Church. Sold in 2007, the eco­nomic down­turn put paid to a com­mer­cial en­ter­prise and the land­mark build­ing lay empty for sev­eral years un­til 2010, when plans were drawn up by RH Con­tracts to con­vert the red sand­stone build­ing into 21 unique apart­ments and three new build de­tached and semi-de­tached ur­ban homes.

“I am ab­so­lutely thrilled we won and it’s been a real team ef­fort restor­ing this grand old build­ing,” com­ments Ross Harper, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of RH Con­tracts. “We have been work­ing on Bel­mont West for nearly two years with a num­ber of ex­cep­tional pro­fes­sion­als, ad­vis­ers, con­struc­tion and trades com­pa­nies and the ef­forts of all those

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