Anderston landmark receives £324,000 to secure future as vibrant community hub

By Ian Marland at

A community building is celebrating a major funding award that secures its future for years to come.

Trustees for the Pyramid at Anderston have secured £324,000 from the Scottish Land Fund for the purchase of the B-listed building from the Church of Scotland.

Pyramid at Anderston

Purchase: The money will help buy the B-listed building from the Church of Scotland. Photo: Colin McLean

The distinctive green copper-roofed Pyramid complex opened as Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church in 1967.

Trustees will now develop the building’s unique spaces as a vibrant and sustainable place for “people to connect, create and celebrate”.

The city centre facility is already well used but the money will allow it to be refurbished and reconfigured.

The changes will help maximise its use by community organisations and service providers who deliver and support activities to more than 800 people a week.

Tom Moffat, chair of the trustees, said: “There are very limited social spaces in the area and it’s the kind of informal relationships, neighbour to neighbour, which are at the heart of our vision and hopes for the Pyramid.

“There are very limited social spaces in the area and it’s the kind of informal relationships, neighbour to neighbour, which are at the heart of our vision and hopes for the Pyramid”

Tom Moffat

“We are delighted that this award from the Scottish Land Fund will help to ensure that the Pyramid at Anderston has a long-term future.

“But it’s not just about the building, it’s really about the people who use the building.

“This is now their place, a place for them to connect, create and celebrate – a place to work together, a place to support others for whom life is tough and a place to share skills, hobbies and talents with each other to continue to make Anderston and the surrounding area a brilliant place to live.”

Pyramid at Anderston

Refurbished: The changes will help maximise its use by community organisations. Photo: Colin McLean

The Pyramid at Anderston is one of ten groups across Scotland sharing in £1,646,972 of Scottish Land Fund cash.

Cabinet secretary for land reform Roseanna Cunningham said: “This is great news for the residents of Anderston, and the other successful projects, which are fine examples of land and assets coming into community ownership, allowing local people to get the maximum benefit from them.

“I know that today’s funding marks a major milestone for them, and will make a real difference in helping those successful community groups to realise their ambitions – enabling communities to press ahead with their ideas, which will be of major benefit to these areas for many years to come.”