St George's Tron Church
A Grade 'A' Listed Parish Church originally designed by William Stark and built in 1807-9.
St George’s Tron Church, Glasgow is a listed building in the centre of Glasgow. Hulley & Kirkwood were appointed by the Church Committee, with CRGP Architects, to develop a £5m modern facility while maintaining the iconic status of the church.
The existing floor was removed and a new basement formed providing meeting rooms with the flexibility for an open plan function facility including kitchen facilities. Elements of the existing structure were retained to ensure the authenticity of the structure i.e. balcony support posts, balcony frame and the very large ceiling rose. With the extensive works proposed for the church, a workable design solution required substantial coordination and communication between the design team and the client’s design committee. Locations for all the services were a challenge within the existing structure, however with close team work these services were located in accessible areas for installation and maintenance. A new highly efficient gas fired boiler plant was installed with zone controls and separate occupancy time programmes. Ventilation to the main body of the church utilised the existing ceiling rose feature and the congregational seating area was heated by underfloor heating providing fabric protection and warmth. The extract ventilation was designed with strict criteria regarding noise levels to ensure the congregation were not affected by the noise or the air flows. The supply ventilation utilised the existing, internal to external, air vents, located in the ground floor. Antique style radiators were installed over these vents to temper the air entering as part of the ventilation strategy. As well as the general electrical services, specialist lighting controls were required to control the various lighting scenes sympathetic to the church’s use. These controls were required to be integrated with a state of the art audio visual system, operated centrally from the upper sanctuary. The AV system had to provide the flexibility to allow the operator to control the AV signals throughout the church while still having control over the musicians audio output.
Hulley & Kirkwood undertook the monitoring of the installation to ensure it met the design intents and design criteria including all technical standards and associated regulations.