Historic Lanarkshire Building gets a new lease of life

New Visitor Attraction Comes to Lanarkshire

One of North Lanarkshire's best-known historic buildings has been given a new lease of life following an extensive renovation and modernisation development.

The 200-year-old former chapel and theatre on the Colzium Estate in Kilsyth has benefited from a £750,000 improvement programme following a long campaign to secure its future.

Cllr Heather McVey, Chair of CultureNL, which will manage the facility on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council, said: "The building fell into disrepair when the theatre it housed closed in the 2000s.

"A number of options were looked at for the building and everyone was committed to saving this building as a vital part of the estate.

"I'm pleased to say that once again it will become a community asset to be proud of in one of Kilsyth's most important greenspaces."

The newly reopened facility comprises a compact visitor centre, café and toilet complex, improved access to the Colzium Walled Garden and a new disabled car park.

A 1970s extension was demolished and replaced with an outdoor café area and the 152-year-old clock restored.

Jillian Ferrie, Chief Executive of CultureNL added: "There has never been a better time to visit Colzium House: creating a much-needed cafe, toilet and visitor facilities will make a real difference to the children, families and walkers who regularly use this park, as well as ensuring the Colzium Estate can continue to provide an important leisure and cultural resource both for local communities and visitors to this area."