ECD cleared for church's rock-climbing centre

ECD Architects' proposals for the rock-climbing extension to St Andrew's church in Lochgelly, Fife

Architect’s plans for Scottish extension turn biblical quote on its head

ECD Architects has won planning permission for an offbeat extension to a Scottish church that will deliver a competition-standard climbing facility – and turn a famous bible quote on its head.

While “upon this rock I build my church” is one of the most frequenly quoted lines from St Matthew’s Gospel, the Fife town of Lochgelly is seeking to build a rock-climbing centre on one of its churches.

The historic St Andrew’s church has been empty since 2006 and last year underwent a £736k programme to repair it and make it ready for the introduction of bouldering walls – as part of the first phase of a project to reinvent the building as a climbing centre to boost health, wellbeing and the local economy.

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