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Basic Site Details

Name: Central Public School
Town, district or village: Lerwick
Island: Mainland
City or county: Shetland
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The Lerwick School Board received at their last meeting a report, with relative sketch plans, from Mr Wilson, architect to the Edinburgh School Board, with reference to proposed enlargements of the present school accommodation in Lerwick. Some time ago Mr. Wilson visited Lerwick, and now submitted alternative plans. One of these provides for the erection of a new school on the site of the present central school, the whole buildings and teacher's house on which site would be demolished. The estimated cost is 4,300.

It was also proposed to erect an addition at the back of the Anderson Institute at a cost of 1,400 - in all, 5,700. The alternative plan provides for a smaller school on the central school site, and larger additions at the institute, the cost being the same. The meeting remitted the plans to a committee for report. [Building News 28 Jan 1898 p125]

John Morgan Aitken was responsible for the design as well as the plumbing and masonry work - se British Architect 1 February 1901 pviii and Builder 16 March 1901, p277

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Isleburgh Community Centre  
Item 2 of 2Union Street School  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1School  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Isleburgh Community Centre, King Harald StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2Union StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31898 Design exhibitedCompetition design by Carfrae
Item 2 of 319011902  
Item 3 of 31933  Additions


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 3John Alexander CarfraeArchitect 1898 Competition design (not suuccessful). Carfrae in independent practice.
Item 2 of 3Robert WilsonArchitect 1898 Report and Sketch Proposals
Item 3 of 3John Morgan AitkenArchitect, Engineer 19011902 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Academy Architecture1898 part 1 pp49, 54 (Carfrae's design)
Item 2 of 4Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp489
Item 3 of 4Manson Lerwick in the Last Half Century   
Item 4 of 4RSA1898   543

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3British Architect1 February 1901  p75 with illustration
Item 2 of 3Builder8 February 1901  p191
Item 3 of 3Building News28 January 1898  p125

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent October 2009
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register43619 


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