Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||National Building Agency |
|Designation: ||Builder |
|Born: ||1964 |
|Died: ||1982 |
|Bio Notes: ||The National Building Agency was founded in 1964. It was a government sponsored technical, advisory and consultancy agency, whose Board of Directors were appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, acting jointly with the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Wales. All the Board members were concerned in one way or another with building, either as clients, professionals, contractors or material producers. In practice, the NBA operated as an independent consultancy; the majority of its income was derived from fees paid for its services, but a grant was received from DoE for advisory and research activities. |
A non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee, the NBA had a total earned income of £2m for the year 1977/78, of which only 17% was grant-in-aid.
The objectives of the NBA were to encourage the introduction of more productive and efficient methods of building, including improved design, management and maintenance methods, and to help implement government policies in relation to both housing and the construction industry. The agency possessed a wide range of skills, employing architects, engineers, building surveyors, management consultants, information scientists, economists and quatity surveyors, and set out to achieve its objectives with studies and research projects undertaken for government departments, building clients, manufacturers, contractors and the professions.
The Scottish Division had a total staff of 64 and operated from offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. Its role was specifically concerned with the promotion of quality and efficienty in the procurement, use and maintenance of buildings and their enviornment under the four broad headings of Building Performance, Building Process (particularly productivity), Management, Data and Information.
The government disbanded the NBA in 1982.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Buildings and Designs
|This builder was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Date started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1967||CLASP hostel||Dunoon|| ||Argyll||Scotland|| |
|1967||CLASP Hostel Programme, Highlands and Islands|| || || ||Scotland||With the SED|
|1968||80 Houses||Arbroath|| ||Angus||Scotland|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this builder:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Building||9 February 1968|| || ||p141|
|The following archives hold material relating to this builder:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor Charles Robertson's CV||Information sent from Professor Charles Robertson to Yvonne Hillyard, October 2010|| || |