|The new church replaces the stone-built church on the same site,
which was in use until demolished to allow the erection of the
new St. Patrick's. The site, with its gentle slope to the road
and its central change of level parallel to the road, is surrounded
on three sides by buildings, one of which stands atop a high retaining
wall which forms a long boundary. By placing the new building
the site parallel to and well back from the road and over the
change of level, it was possible to provide a large paved forecourt
and to exploit the levels to give access to the church via a lower
narthex and to house a mortuary chapel, repository, and Guild
room in a lower ground floor.
The nave, on the upper level, is reached by a wide stair, which
continues to a gallery placed alongside the nave, accommodating
the choir and the Lady chapel. The baptistery, at an intermediate
level, is situated in a roof-lit tower attached to the nave near
the main entrance. Ground level access to the nave is by a slow
ramp from a rear enclosed paved courtyard. The large sanctuary,
the layout of which was modified during construction to bring
it into line with the new liturgical requirements, has a main
altar placed forward to allow celebration of the Mass facing the
people, and a Blessed Sacrament altar bearing the tabernacle.
The sacristies are placed under a side gallery, convenient to
the sanctuary, and adjacent to the nave are three sets of confessionals,
with an additional confessional placed off the mortuary chapel.
Generally, in the design, the aim has been to provide a large
spacious interior, with carefully controlled daylight by means
of a continuous high level strip of windows for general lighting,
with additional roof lighting and windows emphasising the sanctuary
and baptistery, and by a system of stepped windows between massive
brick piers giving additional light to the nave.
construction is of load-bearing facing brick, both externally
and internally, with strongly modeled recessed and buttressed
walls carrying deep steel trusses spanning across the nave. This
deep truss is externally expressed by an inward sloping copper-covered
fascia, separated from the wall head by the narrow strip of continuous
glazing. The roof covering is of copper and the ceiling of diagonally
boarded soft wood. Flooring generally is of precast concrete and
granolithic pavings over embedded electrical coils which provide
the heating. The gallery, in the form of a concrete slab with
semi-circular vaults, is carried over the front wall and revealed
as a range of circular headed openings on the exterior. The windows
formed of random placed bronze sections fixed between copper covered
timber transoms, are filled with plate glass at upper level and
rough cast glass at lower level. Internally
all timber finishings, seating and fitments are of hardwood and
in general an effort has been made to create a permanent and rich
effect by a limited selection of self-finishing materials.
The fluorescent lighting aims at maintaining the character of
the daylighting, and this is achieved by the placing of the main
part of the lighting on the high level sill, and by integrating
it into the stepped windows alongside the naves.
The altars are of solid block Portland stone. The font for the
baptistery comes from the old church and will create a desirable
link to the previous building.
Architecturally, the church is a large-scale one-box brick structure
surmounted by a clerestory and an unusual roof. It was designed
by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia in 1965 and is one of only four
Gillespie, Kidd & Coia churches with all its original features
In 2000, Historic Scotland and Heritage Lottery funded restoration
of the church.