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Glasgow Building Preservation Trust - Chief Executive


Established in 1982

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust (GBPT) was established in 1982 as a charitable trust to rescue, repair, restore and rehabilitate significant, historic buildings at risk across the city. The retention of our historic built environment is pivotal to our sense of place and contributes to making Glasgow a beautiful and vibrant place to live, work and visit. Without the Trust’s interventions many fine buildings and landmarks would have been lost.

In 1990, GBPT launched Glasgow’s first Doors Open Day, which has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the highlights of Glasgow’s events calendar.

Our Mission

GBPT aspires to be an exemplary Building Preservation Trust (BPT) that delivers high-quality, sustainable conservation projects which contribute to the regeneration of Glasgow’s built environment. We are one of the largest and most productive BPTs in the UK, with 4 members of staff and multiple projects underway at any one time. In nearly 40 years we have undertaken a wide range of work to help repair, enhance and promote Glasgow’s built heritage.

Our Aims

  • To rescue, repair and restore buildings of architectural and historic merit in Glasgow
  • To participate in the wider urban regeneration of the city
  • To encourage the use of traditional building skills and materials
  • To provide exemplars of best practice in building conservation and design
  • To work in partnership with local communities and key stakeholders
  • To increase awareness and participation in Glasgow’s built environment by delivering the city’s annual Doors Open Days event


Our Benefits

Often referred to as ‘developers of the last resort’, BPTs acquire, repair and find appropriate new uses for buildings which no-one else is willing or able to take on. We can access charitable and public funding unavailable to local authorities and commercial developers in order to deliver projects which drive social and economic regeneration. In particular GBPT can offer;

  • An excellent track record of delivering successful projects – 23 major building projects to date
  • Expertise in assembling increasingly complex funding packages
  • Experience of developing strong partnerships and community involvement
  • The pursuit of high standards of best-practice conservation combined with high-quality contemporary design
  • Professional and dedicated Staff Team and experienced Board of Directors


Our History

GBPT was formerly known as the Bridgegate Trust, established in 1982 to take on the redundant Briggait Fish Market which at the time had been threatened with demolition. This Category A-listed building described as ‘Scotland’s most important surviving market halls’ (Historic Scotland) was successfully saved, and for a period operated as a speciality shopping centre, but a long-term viable reuse was actively sought for two decades.  Between 2001-09 the building was successfully converted by the Wasps Studios to the award-winning artists’ studios and cultural centre.

In 1991, the Bridgegate Trust became Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. Over the years, with the continued support of Glasgow City Council, through revenue and capital funding and the consistent support of funders such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Architectural Heritage Fund, our activities have expanded significantly and there is growing demand for our services.  ​



Further detail is also available in the document section below.


Our Strategy 2020 - 23


Annual Report 2020