Scotand's Churches in Transitio: Planning for the Future

Scotland's Churches in Transition: Planning for the Future

A CPD day discussing the planning repercussions for places of worship

29/11/2023 - 29/11/2023
Intermediate CPD, General interest,
The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street,
G1 1EX, Glasgow
Glasgow City
United Kingdom

Local Authority Employee - FREE (please use work email to register)
Places of Worship Forum Member - FREE (please use work email to register)
Student / reduced wage - £5
General Admission - £20

Ticket Sales Close - Monday 27 November at 12 noon

Event details

Booking has now closed.

Join us for this one-day CPD Conference for decision makers across the planning and built environment sector.

Right now, a huge number of churches are in transition, with some in the process of being assessed and sold on the open market. Changes of use and ownership such as these may often mean the sites will no longer be covered by Ecclesiastical Exemption.

This event is primarily designed to:

  • support local and planning authority decision makers to better understand the implications of potential changes to these sites
  •  empower those making decisions by increasing understanding about church buildings and their special or historic features, including stained glass
  • provide networking between local and planning authority decision makers and those actively involved in owning, managing or running places of worship; funding places of worship; giving heritage advice, and any national organisation that has an interest in the sustainability of communities who may become owners of places of worship.


Sara Crofts: Chair of the Places of Worship Forum

Historic Environment Scotland: Representation from various teams including Ruth Cameron, Craig Stanford, Strategic Heritage Policy Officer - Heritage Policy and World Heritage Service.

Rebecca Cadie: ARPL Architects. Rebecca works with many churches and will present a selection of case studies.

Eilidh Henderson: Page Park Architects. The practice were the architects for the first conversion of the Ramshorn in 1983, and Eilidh will present a summary of what happened, and subsequent projects to modernise and adapt the building to keep it in use.

Moira Malcolm: Chair of the ICON Stained Glass Group and director of Rainbow Glass. Moira will give us an overview of the importance of Scottish Stained glass and how to approach any you might find in churches.

Deborah Kent & Gordon Barr: Fife Historic Buildings Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) jointly speaking about good decision-making at the local level.

Further speakers will be confirmed in coming weeks.


0930 - Coffee
1000 - Welcome & Morning Sessions
1300 – Lunch & Networking
1400 - Afternoon Sessions
1600 - Close


The Ramshorn is a former church converted in the 1980s to a theatre and events space - it seemed a very fitting venue for this event. It is in central Glasgow, easily accessible from Glasgow Queen Street Station.

This day is presented jointly by SPAB Scotland and Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS). Thank you to everyone at BEFS for their support of this event, as it would not be possible without their input, contacts and financial support.


Anything we can do to make this event more accessible to you? Please email before booking.

About SPAB Scotland

Members of the SPAB living and working in Scotland decided to form their own semi-autonomous group in 1995. Scotland has its own building traditions, architectural language and property laws, all of which are best dealt with locally. All members of the SPAB residing in Scotland are automatically members of SPAB Scotland.

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