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CALA’s organ gift is music to the ears of Bishopbriggs church

A donation of an electronic organ has struck the right note with a Bishopbriggs church. 

St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church in Bishopbriggs received the instrument last month from CALA Homes West. The housebuilder stepped in with the donation after hearing that St Dominic’s previous organ had been identified as beyond repair. 

The Allen Two-Manual Digital Computer Organ was previously located in the B-listed David Stow building, part of the former Jordanhill Campus which is being redeveloped by CALA as Jordanhill Park; a premium residential development. The musical instrument was installed in 2001 but has not been used since the previous owners of the campus, Strathclyde University, moved out in 2012. 

With work to convert the David Stow into luxury apartments due to commence early this year, CALA contacted the Glasgow Society of Organists to seek advice on re-homing the organ. Greg McHugh, the organist who was playing at St. Dominic’s when its previous instrument stopped working, immediately asked to be first in line to receive the gift. 

Following a visit to the David Stow building by Greg and Father Nicholas Monaghan, the parish priest at St. Dominic’s, the donation was secured.  

Greg explained: “CALA’s offer sounded just the ticket, but it had lain in a derelict building and looked in a bit of a sorry state. Amazingly, when we switched it on it was perfect.” 

Father Monaghan added: “We are grateful to CALA for their kind donation. Organ music is an important part of our church celebrations.” 

The organ was removed in stages, due to its size. CALA also erected scaffolding to assist the removal of the instrument’s large loudspeakers. 

David Sutherland, project director, Jordanhill Park, said: “We are delighted that the David Stow organ has gone to St. Dominic’s where it will be cherished and put to good use for many years to come.” 

CALA Homes West is to invest £100 million in constructing Jordanhill Park. The premium housebuilder’s plans will build on the legacy of the site, which was a leading teaching facility, by establishing one of the city’s most desirable and well-designed residential developments.

The development will also breathe new life into the David Stow building and ensure the existing playing fields remain open and available to local community.

Designed by award-winning architects 7N, Jordanhill Park will offer a diverse range of luxurious contemporary homes – from stylish one-bedroom flats to spacious, detached five-bedroom family homes. 

Construction of the development will create more than 200 new jobs for Glasgow and deliver an economic boost of over £5 million in Gross Added Value. The first apartments, at Southbrae Drive, are set to be completed and on the market by the beginning of 2020.

Pictured: David Sutherland, Project Director, Jordanhill Park and Father Nick Monaghan, Parish Priest, St Dominic’s.

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